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10   But in the morning when I wak'd,
not knowing what was done: By this vilde woman which doth seeke,
to bereaue me of my sonne: And taking gently in mine armes,
as then I thought, my childe: I straight perceiu'd it was not mine,
and that I was beguil'd.
11    Nay, said the other Harlot then,
the childe that Hues is mine: And that same Infant that is dead,
assuredly was thine: That's false reply'd the other straight,
for that that Hues (said she) Is none of thine, I did it beare,
and it belongs to me.
12   Thus whatsoe'r the one did say,
the other did deny: And what the other did affirme,
did th' other presently, Cry1 out vpon as false and vaine,
nor would they ere they said, Nor possibly could quietnesse
betwixt them both be made.
13   Therefore they did implore the helpe,
and wisedome of the King, Whose eye could onely pierce into
so difficult a thing: That he would graciously be pleas'd,
as he had heard it so: He would giue sentence to their cause,
which they would stand vnto.
1 TextCry'd. r.p.g.                               253                                     z
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