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54 WHIPS WITH BRAZEN TAGS, FOR WOMEN. [T. Dleloney!

And for our silly women eke,

their hearts with grief to clog ;
They made such whips, wherewith no man

would seem to strike a dog.
So strengthened eke with brazen tags

and filed so rough and thin,
That they would force at every lash,

the blood abroad to spin.

Although their bodies sweet and fair

their spoil they meant to make,
And on them first their filthy lust

and pleasure for to take :
Yet afterwards such sour sauce

they should be sure to find,
That they should curse each springing branch

that cometh of their kind.

O Ladies fair, what spite were this!

your gentle hearts to kill !
To see these devilish tyrants thus

your children's blood to spill.
What grief unto the husband dear !

his loving wife to see Tormented so before his face

with extreme villainy.

And think you not, that they which had

such dogged minds to make
Such instruments of tyranny,

had not like hearts to take
The greatest vengeance that they might,

upon us every one ?
Yes, yes ! be sure! for godly fear

and mercy, have they none !

3: Aulong!:]The ROMANS WHIPPED QUEEN BOADICEA. 55

Even as in India once they did

against those people there
With cruel curs, in shameful sort,

the men both rent and tare ;
And set the ladies great with child

upright against a tree,
And shot them through with piercing darts :

such would their practice be!

Did not the Romans in this land

sometimes like practice use
Against the Britains bold in heart,

and wondrously abuse
The valiant king whom they had caught,

before his queen and wife,
And with most extreme tyranny,

despatched him of his life?

The good Queen BOADICEA,

and eke her daughters three;
Did they not first abuse them all

by lust and lechery;
And, after, stripped them naked all,

and whipped them in such sort,
That it would grieve each Christian heart

to hear that just report ?

And if these ruffling mates of Rome

did Princes thus torment;
Think you! the Romish Spaniards now

would not shew their descent ?
How did they, late, in Rome rejoice,

in Italy and Spain;
What ringing and what bonfires !

what Masses sung amain !

56 SPANISH ACCOUNTS THAT LONDON WAS FIRED.

[T. Deloney) 31 Aug. 1538.

What printed books were sent about

as filled their desire,
How England was, by Spaniards won,

and London set on fire !
Be these the men, that are so mild !

whom some so holy call !
The LORD defend our noble Queen
and country from them all !

T. D.

FINIS.

Imprinted at London, by ThomAS Orwin and THOMAS GUBBIN; and are to be sold in Paternoster Row, over against

the Black Raven,

1588.

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THE

COMMENTARIES

OF

Sir FRANCIS VERE,

Being divers Pieces of Service, wherein he had command; written by himself,

in way of Commentary.

Published by WILLIAM DILLINGHAM,

D.D.

Ut VERUS in suis Commentariis prodidit. CAMDEN, Annal. Mihi sufficit hæc summatim 2 VERI Commentario annotasse. Idem. lbid.

CAMBRIDGE: Printed by JOHN FIELD, Printer to the famous

University. Anno Dom. MDCLVII.

[Brave Vere! who hast by deeds of arms made good
What thou hadst promisèd by birth and blood,
Whose Courage ne'er turned edge, being backed with wise
And sober Reason, sharpened with Advice.
Look, Reader, how from Nieuport hills, he throws
Himself a thunderbolt amongst his foes !
And what his Sword indited, that his Pen
With like success doth here fight o'er again !
What Mars performed, Mercury doth tell !
None e'er but CÆSAR fought and wrote so well !
Why may not then his book this title carry,
The Second Part of CÆSAR's Commentary ?

VERISCIPI ADÆ

duo fulmina belli.]

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