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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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2   That all young men from him may learne
to Hue in better awe, Foule vice from vertue to discerne,
according to the law: A wicked life this caitiffe led,
reiecting vertues lore, The grace of God from him was fled,
all good he did abhorre.
3   Since first he came to any strength,
he practis'd nought but stealing, Which brought a shamefull death at length
for his vngracious dealing, He alwayes hath himselfe maintain'd
by base sinister courses, And oftentimes hath beene araign'd
by Law, for stealing horses.
4   Yet still it was his lucke to scape;
which hardned him in euill, From theft to murder, and to rape,
suborned by the Deuill, His wicked heart so bent to sin,
in villany tooke pride, There liued scarce the like of him,
in all the Land beside.
5   His name so infamous was growne
to all both far and neere, And he tooke pride to haue it knowne,
as by him did appeare. For when he was araign'd of late,
at the Tribunall seat, He seemed to exhilerate,
at his offences great.
6   And boasted that he oftentimes
had scap't the fatall cord, For stealing horses, and such crimes, as high wayes doe afford,
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