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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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W. But youle suspect me without cause,
that I am false to you: And then youle cast mee off, and make mee but a scoffe,
since that I proue vntrue.
16   F. Then neuer trust man for my sake,
if I proue so vnkind : [W] So often haue you sworn, sir, since that you were borne,
and soone haue1 changde your minde. [F.] Nor wife nor life, nor goods nor lands,
shall make me leaue my loue, Nor any worldly treasure make me forgoe2 my pleasure,
nor once my mind remoue.
17    W. But soft a while, who is yonder? doe you see
my husband ? out alasse. F. And yonder is my wife, now shal we haue alife
how commeth this to passe? R. Com hither gentle Besse I charge thee do confesse
what makes Master Francis heere. B.3 Good husband pardon me, He tel the troth to thee.
R. Then speake and doe not feare.
18   F. Nay, neighbour Richard harke to mee,
lie tel the troth to you. W* Nay tell it vnto me, good sir5, that I may6 see,
what you haue here to doe. But7 you can make no scuse to colour this abuse,
this wrong is too too great. R. Good sir I take great scorne you should profer me the home. W. Now must I coole this8 heate.
1 haue soone S.                  2 forget S.                3 So S., but read W.
4 Read B. {S. gives these two lines to Francis, but they are undoubtedly intended for Bess, who is still disguised as Mrs Francis.)
6  S. omits good sir.                         6 may quickly S.
7   In S. Bess begins to speak here.                    8 his S.
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