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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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14   Salomon causd the liuing childe
in the midst to be plac'd, Of both those Harlots that did seeke
each other to disgrace: And one of his seruants he charg'd
to fetch a sword straightway; Which to him presently was brought
without the least delay.
15   Which sword he to his seruant gaue,
putting it in his hand, Enioyning him to execute
whate're he did command. Diuide the childe (saith he) and giue
to each of them a part: Which words did pierce the true Mother
vnto the very heart.
16   Who humbly did beseech the King,
rather then it should dye, To giue it to the other all,
that with her did stand by: Nay answered the false Mother then,
the King hath it decided: Neither thine, nor mine, the childe shall be,
but let it be diuided.
17   King Salomon weigh'd both their words,
and looking on them both, Did say, that she the Mother is
that most compassion shew'th: Giue her the childe that did lament,
for such an Infant pretty, And when it should haue mangled beene,
was moued vnto pitty.
18   The Mother gladly did receiue
her tender Babe againe:
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