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A WONDER IN KENT
15   The tapster did his Mistris call, And said the man had eat vp all,
Then into th' roome she came with speed, And found the same was true indeed, then she began to sweare and pull and teare with Wood for money for his fare and he said he was willing, to pay her downe a shilling:1 he fitted her for former dealing.
16   Two Citizens from London went. To see this Wood was their intent, And being come to Harrisom, They sent for him into the roome,
for all the victuals they
did call and pay, that was within the house that day,
and wished goodman Wood,
to fall vnto his food.1 I marry quoth he that is good.
17   These Citizens found him to be,
So strange the like they ne'r did see, Desiring him that he would goe, To London, he resolued so, then at the last he said, he was afraid the same to th'2 King should be beraid; and so he hang'd might be, therefore this thought had he, tis best staying in Kent for me3.
1 No punctuation in the text.                          2 Text to'th.
3 According to the pamphlet, John Taylor himself made this offer to Wood.
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