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A WONDER IN KENT
ten pounds or stand the match and day,
then so they did agree,
and spent it merrily, but Wood mist of their company.
12   A Gentleman by chance did come, Where friends of his was in the roome And they were all at diner set.
But he with them eate not a bit, when the reckoning was paid, the tapster said that twelue pence more must be defraid, by him that last came in, which had not at diner ben whereat the Gentleman in spleene,1
13   Did pay the same and said no more, But after plagued them therefore, An other time he did come there,
And brought Wood with him to a faire:2
then to the Inne he went,
whereas he spent, a shilling once by ill consent,2
and telling Wood his mind,
being thus inclin'd, to call much meat & leaue Wood behind.2
14   Come hostes quickly let be brought As much good meat as may be thought To satisfle a dozen men,
The hostes quickly sent it in.2
come sit downe Wood quoth he,
and He goe see, for some more of our company,
but ere hee came agen,
the tapster he came in thinking the deuill there had ben.
1 Text has a period.            2 No punctuation in the text.
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