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NO NATURAL MOTHER
And at the Sessions last, For my offences past, I was condemned and cast, and hangd at Teyborne.
15   Sweet Maidens all take heed,
needfully, needfully, Adde not vnto the deed
of fornication, Murder which of all things, The soule and conscience stings, Which God to light still brings,
though done in priuate.
16   Though the first fact be vilde,
yet be sure, yet be sure, If you be got with childe,
through lawlesse sporting, Be grieu'd for your offence, And with true penitence, Striue to make recompence,
for former vices.
17   Let not the feare of shame,
so preuaile, so preuaile, As to win you the name
of cruell Mfother.]1 All those that God doe feare, Are frighted when they heare, That you more cruell are
than Sauage creatures.
18   Obserue the female Snake,
carefully, carefully, What speedy shift she'l make, to saue her young ones,
1 Torn off.
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