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IT IS BAD JESTING WITH A HALTER
I scorne you for to cozen
but presently returner And money bring: then may I sing,
a Flye, a figge for care, He hast away, and make no stay,
but come and pay my share. They were three lusty Souldiers, &c.
8    So presently returning,
they all were in good hope, That he some money then had brought
till pulling out a Rope, Which he had in his breeches,
on termes he did not stand, But askt if any one were there
would buy a Carelesse-Band: A neate one a feate one,
that was both strong and new, And nere was worne, I dare be sworne,
beleeue me it is true. They were three lusty Souldiers, &c.
9   The company then smiling
for to be leered so, One of them to him calling,
the price of it to know: Is this a Carelesse-Band sayes he,
I must commend thy wit: Then presently, I meane to try
how it thy necke will fit: The Rope then, he tooke then,
of trueth as I heard say, And with a twitch his necke did stretch
vntill he gasping lay. They were three lusty Souldiers, &c,
10 But when he did recouer, and to his sences came,
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