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Magdalene College - Pepys
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Nobody his Counsaile to chuse a
Wife: OR, The difference betweene Widdowes and Maydes[:]
To the Tune of the wanton Wife of Westminster.

LEt Young men give eare
unto that I reherse,
And thinke good the subject
though set downe in verse:
Nobody unto you,
will kindly relate:
The difference twixt Maydens
and Widdowes estate,
When ere they be had,
they both will prove bad:
Yet he that a Widdow takes,
most may be glad:
For Maydens are wanton
and often times coy:
But Widdowes be wilfull
and never say nay.

That man that doth woe a mayd,
must be compeld:
To live like an honest life
ere she will yeeld:
He someimes must [coll] her,
and often times kisse her,
Yet may another gaine,
he may chance misse her:
He lives like a slave,
must doe what shel'e have:
He must not deny
whatsoere she doth crave.
For Maydens, etc.

But take me a Widdow,
who if you doe woe her:
Will yeeld with the soonest,
when ere you come to her:
She will be as willing,
to yeeld to a man:

As he that doth woe her,
make what speede he can:
Sheel'e give him content,
for what he hath spent:
If he that doth woe her,
to true love be bent.
For Maydens, etc.

He that a Mayd marries
is caught in the lurch,
He must never let her
goe often to Church:
Least thinking by that meanes,
some goodnesse to teach her:
She larne some new fashion,
and minde not the Preacher:
Then when she comes home,
sheel'e pine, and sheele mone:
With sweete heart let me
have that fashion or none.
For maydens, etc.

He that's matcht with a widdow,
by! that is a winner:
Sheel'e stay and heare Service,
and then provide dinner:
Shee is twise in a Saboath,
at Church like a Woman:
And not to learne fashions,
as some doe most common:
Shee loves to goe plaine,
let who will disdaine:
Shee needs must goe so,
that hath had Husbands twain:
For Maydens, etc.

And if a young Bell

doe chance for to swell:
That man that begot it,
were as good live in Hell:
For she will be calling
for one thing or other,
It may be shee's joyfull
shee shalt be a Mother:
Then the man must disburse,
to hire a Nurse,
With twenty things more,
which is marryed mens curse.
For Maydens, etc.

He that deales with a Widdow,
hath these at command:
He takes a commodity
broke to his hand,
He neede not stand carking,
for linnen nor Cradle:
If he bestow getting,
to keepe it shees able:
She seldome will pray,
her Husband to pay:
If he bestow night worke,
then sheele bestow day.
For Maydens are wanton,
and often times coy:
But Widdowes be wilfull,
and never say nay.

The second part. to the same tune.

A Younge Wife must have gossips,
[w]ere nere had before
She scornes to have any
are judgd to be poore:
Great Banquets sheele make them,
no cost shall be spard:
Her poore husbands purse
shee doth never regard,
With pray be not sad,
tis the first that I had:
My Husband and I,
have cause to be glad.
For Maydens are wanton,
and often times coy:
But widdowes be wilfull,
and never say nay.

A widdow to save all
these charges will shift.
For she can have Gossips
at any dead lift:
Sheele bid them as welcome,
to one joynt of rost:
As your new married Cupple.
shall with all their cost:
Sheele say man be wife,
spend what may suffice:
For Houserent and all things.
beginneth to rise.
For Maydens, etc.

A young Wife is crabbed,
and takes a delight:
If her mayd doe but crosse her,
so speake and then smight:
Shee never is well
but a breeding debate,
Shee'le make her young husband,
his prentises hate:

No servants will stay,
man and mayde will away:
By this meanes she worketh,
her Husbands decay:
For Maydens, etc.

A Widdow will never
be froward to such,
Sheele use them as kindly,
and then theyle doe much:
Theyle call her kind Mistris,
and alwayes worke faster:
Because they live quiet
with her, and their master:
She still beares the mind,
to use servants kinde:
That she and her husband
much profit may finde.
For Maydens, etc.

A young wife must allwayes,
in house be halfe Master:
Or else her tongue gallops.
no Mill-clacke goes faster:
If he doe denie her,
a needlesse request:
Sheed have it by some meanes,
or make him a beast:
With rascall and slave,
give me what I crave:
Or else by this light,
thou no quiet shalt have:
For Maydens, etc.

A Widdow will alwayes,
looke well to her home:
Let him doe his businesse
or let it alone,
Sheele buy what is needfull

to serve her owne use:
In words she will never
her Husband abuse,
A broad she is kinde,
in bed he shall finde:
A woman that strive will,
to pleasure his mind:
For Maydens, etc.

A young Wife will vaver
as oft as the winde,
An old wife is fixed
naught changeth her mind:
A young wife once crost,
continually doth frowne:
But crosse once an old wife,
her mind will reforme:
A young wife will brawle,
if she rule not all:
A widdow will rule
what to her doth befall:
For Maydens, etc.

Much more I could speake,
but to tell you the troth:
To prayse and to disprayse
too much, I am loath:
I would not to be partiall,
on one side nor other:
Did they to their deserve,
I would speake well of tother:
My judgements not blind,
I speake as I find:
None will take exceptions,
for speaking my mind.
For Maydens, etc.

I speake not of all Maydes,
that are to be had:
Tis pitty mongst thousands,
if all should be bad:
Nay some widdowes likewise,
may worse be then they:
Both sortes are too wicked,
no man will gaine say:
With this I doe end,
hoping none I offend:
If I wed, with a widdow
my dayes I will spend.
For Maydens are wanton,
and often times coy:
But Widdowes be wilfull,
and never say nay.

Printed at London by A. M.

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