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'TIS NOT OTHERWISE
7   No Constable nor watch feare I,
that cryeth Who goes there? I doe not reele, but soberly
can passe them void of care: I vse no caudels in the morne,
I drinke not out mine eyes. My wife hath made me these to scorne,
then 'tis not otherwise.
8   This diet makes me to forget
the head-ach that some haue, Which makes them for all things vnfit,
(to drinke I am no slaue.) Those men their vertue hath out-worne,
that drinke doth so disguise, My wife hath made me this to scofne,
then 'tis not otherwise.
9      A Gainst I from my labour come, A my wife prouides me meat: When I was single none at home,
found I, or what to eate. At sight of me she layes the cloath,
and then for meat she hies, Which makes me to forget all sloath,
then 'tis not otherwise.
io If I seeme discontent with ought,
she kindly prayes me tell, If that it may be beg'd or bought,
(or where it is to sell:) That would me please, & merry make
the teares stand in her eyes Till I my discontent forsake:
then 'tis not otherwise.
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