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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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6   Whose wisedome was principally
vnto the world made knowne: In a iust sentence that he gaue
to th'1 Harlots which did come To him for Iustice, 'bout a childe,
that both layd claime vnto, Whose cause to heare he did assent,
and did determine to.
7    'THe Harlots standing then before
the presence of the King: WTith faltring speech and trembling tongue,
one straite declares the thing: Saying, my Lord we women had
lately two children small, Which of all earthly ioyes we did
esteeme them most of all.
8   We had them much about one time,
and both were of one sex, And one house doth containe vs both,
tis this that doth perplex My troubled soule th'one Harlot said,
seeing her Childe is dead, She labours all she can to haue
mine, in her Infants stead.
9   For in the night she ouer-layd
her childe, and it did dye: But waking straitway, she perceiu'd,
and this sad sight did spie: She straightway rose, and forthwith came
at midnight to my bed: And tooke from me my liuing childe,
and left with me hers dead.
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