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THE "WANTON WIFE OF BATH. 155
" Not half so mad as you," she said,
"I trow, in many a thing. s>
" Thou hadst seven hundred wives at once,
For whom thou didst provide, And yet three hundred wh- • • -, God wot,
Thou didst maintain beside.
" And those made thee forsake thy God, m
And worship stocks and stones; Besides the charge they put thee to
In breeding of young bones.
" Hadst thou not been besides thy wits,
Thou wouldst not thus have ventur'd; ro
And therefor I do marvel much How thou this place hast entered."
" I never heard," quoth Jonas then,
" So vile a scold as this;" " Thou wh- • -son runaway," quoth she, re
" Thou diddest more amiss."
" They say," quoth Thomas, " women's tongues
Of aspen leaves are made;" " Thou unbelieving wretch," quoth she,
" All is not true that's said." so
When Mary Magdalen heard her then,
She came unto the gate ; Quoth she, " Good woman, you must think
Upon your former state."