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The judgment of Solomon
Pepys, i, 30, B.L., one woodcut, four columns.
In the main, the ballad is a paraphrase of 1 Kings, iii, 16—28, with passages here and there from other books dealing with Solomon's life; as, 2 Chronicles, ix, 7, for the words of the Queen of Sheba in stanza four. Henry Gosson printed during the years 1603-1640. For the tune see Chappell's Popular Music, 1, 196.
W Hen Dauid ouer Israel, had ruled full forty yeares, And on his Throne securely sate, as plainely it appeares:
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