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A Warning for all Wicked Livers
By the example of Richard Whitfield, and M. Gibs who were two no-
torious offenders, and both of one company, which two men made
a daily practise, and got their livings by robbing and stealing both
on the High-ways, and in any other places where they came, but
were at last taken, apprehended and condemned to dye for rob-
ing of a Coach, & murdering of a Captains man at Shooters-Hil,
in Kent, some five or six miles from London, and for that offence
and others, Gibs was prest to death at Maidstone in Kent, and Whit-
field was hanged in chains on Shooters-Hil, where he did the bloo-
dy deed, the 27th. of March, 1655. The manner how shall be ex-
actly related in this Ditty.
The Tune is, Ned Smith.

OF two notorious Theeves,
my purpose is to tell,
Which near fair London Town
long time did live and dwell.

One of their names was Gibs,
a Villain vile and base
The other Dick Whitfield call'd,
who ran a wicked race.

To rob to theeve and steal,
these couple gave their mind,
And unto murder men,
they daily were inclin'd.

So stout and bold they were
that they durst fight with ten,
And rob them on the way
though they were lusty men.

Sometimes they would disguise
themselves in strange attire,
And to do mischief still,
was all they did desire.

Sometimes about the fields
they would walk in the night
And use much cruelty
to them that they did meet.

A man could hardly pass.
the fields at ten a clock,
But they would be sure to have,
the cloak from off his back.

Or if he had no cloak
they would his money take,
Of what they went about
they did no conscience make.

If they with women met
when it was in the night
they would strip off their cloaths
and leave them naked quite.

Such unhumanity
betwixt them did remain
That by their bloody hands
good Christians have been slain

[?] robberies
these bloody villains did,
But theft and murder both,
long time will not lie hid.

Sometimes they have been caught
and unto New-gate sent,
Yet they had mercy shown
because they should repent.

But though the Judges oft
took pitty on those men,
As soon as they got loose
they would fall too't agen,

But now behold and see
what happened at the last,
[?] they had scap'd through much
[?] many dangers past.

[?] met a gallant Coach
[?]r from Greenwich town,
[?]h were Gentlemen
[?]ore Black-Heath down,

[? Gi]bs and Whitfield both
[?]d themselves to fight

[?] Theeves
[?]it approach.

He ask'd them what they were,
quoth they, we mony crave,
Mony we are come for
and mony we must have.

Their Pistols being fixt.
their bullets they let fly
The Captain drew his sword
and fought couragiously.

And in that dangerous fight
the Captains man was slain
And then they rob'd the rest
that did i'th Coach remain.

And for their bloody deeds
and for that robbery
They after taken were
and suffered certainly,

At Maidstone town in Kent
there Gibs was prest to death,
And Whitfield hangs in chains
at Shooters-Hill near Black-Heath

Let other wicked men,
high and low, great and smal
Remember and take heed
by Gibs and Whitfields fall.

London Printed for F. Grove dwelling on Snow hill.

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