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'TIS NOT OTHERWISE
ii It is a comfort for to see,
good women meeke and mild, That to her come in charity,
when that she is with child: They comfort her if she do sound,
one for strong water hies, And so their husbands healths drinke round,
then 'tis not otherwise.
12   When that she doth in child-bed lye,1
the neighbours in their loue, Will with her sit, and pleasantly
to mirth they doe her moue: By christning of my little lad
I did in credit rise: All this by my good wife I had,
then 'tis not otherwise.
13   For gossiping they send in meat,
would well serue forty men, As good as any man can eate,
for mutton, pig, or hen; They eate not halfe but leaue it me,
there profit doth arise: This cometh by a wife you see,
then 'tis not otherwise.
14   One giues a peece, and one a spoone
vnto my pretty childe, And wish that ere to morrow noone,
their cradles to be fil'd With such a pretty child as this:
ioy there to me doth rise, Had I no wife all this I misse,
then 'tis not otherwise.
15   The babe doth grow, and quickly speaks,
this doth increase my ioy,
1 Text has a period.
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