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A CREATURE FOR FEATURE.

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“But woe mee, & woe mee! alas, I cold not raise !
itt wold not, nor cold not, doe all I cold to please."
his inke was run, his pen was done.
Iacke! art thou dead ? hold vp thy2 head !
I will litter thee & water thee,
& feed thee with my neet,
& better, if thou wilt lye besyd me.
but all in vaine I did complaine,
his Iacke was tyrd, heed not be hyred
for all my prayers & all my teares.”

ffins.

and was not moved,

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1 One stroke of a word, pared off by the binder, follows.-F.

2 MS. my.-F.

Lpe : alone :

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What do I ail ?

CAN any one tell what I ayle 2 ?

3 that I 4 looke soe leane, soe wan, soe pale. 5 if I may be there Iudge, I thinke there is none

that can any longer lye alone.6

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· The Maidens Complaint. To the tune of, I can nor will, &c. The Readings in Red Ink are from The Golden Garland.-P. See Chappell's Popular Music, ii. 462, for a different “Maiden's sad Complaint for want of a Husband.” -F.

2 maidens ail.-P. 8 I am grown so weak, &c. [G.G.] -P. 4 That they.-P. 5 If I may judge.-P. 6 Unto that plight, alas! I'm grown, That I can, nor will, no longer lye

alone. [G.G.]-P.
? Maiden's. [G.G.]-P.

8 Thus at 15 years to pine;

Were I the judge I'm sure there's

That would any longer, &c. [G.G.] -P.

9 [This & the 4th stanza are transposed in the Gold. Garld. ]-P. All that I want is but a man;

Only I for one do make this moan. For I can, &c. [G.G.]-P. 10 When it is day, I wish. [G.G.]-P. 1 There is a tag, as for s, to the e.--F. 12 And when it is dark. [G.G.]-P. 13 All the night long I, &c. [G.G.]--P.

14 Because that I too long have lain, &c. [G.G.]--P.

and I'll take the first that comes.

1 To woe the first, ashamed am I;
2 for & if he aske I will not denye;
3 for the case is such I must needs haue one.
4 I can noe &c.

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5 Therfore my prayer, itt shalbe still
that I may haue one that will worke my will;
for itt is only hee can ease me anon,
& therfore Ile noe longer lye alone.

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1 Wooe him first. [G.G.]-P. 2 But if. [G.G.]-P. 3 Such is my case, I must have one. [G.G.)-P. * For that I, &c. [G.G.]—P.

5 For all my wishing's, I'll have none

But him I love, & love but one;
And if he love not me, then

I'll have none,
But ever till I dye I'll lye alone.

[G.G.]-P.

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ffayre shee was to loue, as euer liked swaine ;

neuer such a dainty one shall none enioy againe ;

sett a thousand on a rowe, time forbidds that any showe euer the like to her hỹ &c.

She was one in a thousand.

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