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NEWS FROM THE TOWER HILL
2   These Lasses both doe dwell,
neere Algate at this day, A vse they had ith night to gad, abroad as I heard say.
3   To meete with some young men
on them to shew affection, Which vse they still on Tower-hill did keepe by due direction.
4   But now giue heede a while,
and marke how they were serued, Would all were so that thus doe goe,1 then men might be preserued2
5   From these deluding bayts,
which by the way doe catch them.1 Let all young men be carefull then, and marke how one did match them.
6   As they walkt forth one night,
as twas their custome still, A youngman kind did chance to finde them vpon Tower-hill.
7   And finding them so free,
and easie to goe downe, He got them both they were not loth with him to Greenewich Towne.
8   A payre of Oares he tooke,
and thither went in hast, While all that night they had delight, but marke what after past.
9   He brought them vp next day,
and at the Posterne gate, Into the Ship they all did skip, at night when it was late. No punctuation in the text.            2 Text has a period.
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