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A GOOD THROW FOR THREE MAIDENHEADS
Unlesse he meant to scoffe them, He now must choose his ware.
and therefore they,
without delay, Being on the merry pinne:
with good aduice,
did throw the dice, Who should the young man win.
5   The young man was contented, And so the dice were brought. The maids that this inuented, Their lessons were well taught: For the youngman all lusted, And by this fine deuice, They seuerally all trusted,
To win him by the dice.
but harke now,
and marke now, The manner of their play:
in their behalfe,
I know youle laugh, Before you goe away.
6     IF any of the lasses,
Doe ouerthrow the rest, On her the verdict passes, None should with her contest, But she should haue her louer, Cleane from the other twaine, If euen not aboue her, Then they must throw againe.
but if hee,
all them three, Did win by throwing most:
their mayden-heads all,
to him must fall, Without any paine or cost.
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