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Huntington Library - Britwell
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The true fourme and shape of a monsterous Chyld/
Whiche was borne in Stony Stratforde, in North Hamptonshire.
The yeare of our Lord, M.CCCCC.LXV.
This is the fore parte.
This is the backe parte.
THis Childe was borne on Fryday, being the .xxvi. daye of January, betwyxt .vi. and .vii. of the clocke in the
morninge, and lyved two howres, and was christened by the Mydwyfe, and are both Women Chyldren,
having two bodies, joyning togither. With .iiii. armes, and .iiii. legges perfecte, & from the Navell upward
one Face, two Eyes, one Nose, and one Mouth, and three Eares, one beinge upon the backe syde of the
Head, a lytle above the nape of the Necke, having heare growinge upon the Head. Whyche Chylde was
borne out of Wedlocke. The Fathers name is Rychard Sotherne, who is now fled And the Mother is yet lyvyng
in the same Towne. And this Childe was brought up to London, wheare it was seene of dyvers worshipfull men
and women of the Cytie. And also of the Countrey. To witnes that it is a Trouth and no Fable, But a warninge of
God, to move all people to amendment of lyfe.

YOu that do see this Clilde disfigured here,
Two Babes in one, disguised to beholde,
Thinke with your selves, when such thinges do appere
All is not well, as wise heades may be bolde:
But god that can in secretes shew the signe
Can bringe much more to pas, by poure devine.

And we that lyve to see this wonder, howe
The gase is geven, to make this mervaile great,
Let one by one that this beholdeth nowe,
Be warned as the wonder gives conceate:
To live to mende the wonderous shape we see,
Contrarie much, in all that ought to bee.

For as we finde, this figure semeth straunge,
Because it showes, proporsion not in ure,
So bare in minde, how time can choppe and chaunce,
Disguising workes, in willes that be unsure:
From meane to more, from more to much excesse,
Where Nature willes, desire should be lesse.


Finis.
W. Elderton.
Imprinted at London in Fletestrete beneath the Conduit: at the
signe of S. John Evangelist, by Thomas Colwell.

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