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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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15   His father named Sir George Sands,
when by his carelesse dealing, He had quite wasted goods and lands,
did Hue long time by stealing: And with his wicked Lady wife,
did rob the highway side, For which at length he lost his life,
and by base hanging dyde.
16   Thus both the father and the sonne
did end their Hues alike, The Lady yet hath scapt that death,
and sorrow doth her strike. God grant her life may now be such,
that men of her may say, Her life was leud, yet now shee's prou'd
a conuert at last day.
17   Loe here you see a fearfull end,
of Sir George Sands his sonne, Let euery one a warning take,
and better courses runne: Which to effect let vs all pray
to him that gaue vs breath, That of his mercy he'll vs keepe
from such vntimely death.
The following lines Iones writ with his owne hand, a little before his death.
18 T0 me death is no death, but life for euer. My ioy in heauen is, which endeth neuer. Lord thou hast promist to the -penitent, That thou wilt saue him if he doe repent: And now most gratious Lord, I craue of thee,1 Mercy for him that hath contemned thee,
1 Text has a period. 254
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