How fome with fwords their fleeping lords have flain,
And fome have hammer'd nails into their brain, And fome have drench'd them with a deadly potion;
All this he read, and read with great devotion. Long time I heard, and fwell'd, and blush'd, and frown'd;
But when no end of thefe vile tales I found,
When ftill he read, and laugh'd and read again,
And half the night was thus confum'd in vain ;
Provok'd to vengeance, three large leaves I tore,
And with one buffet fell'd him on the floor. 416
With that my husband in a fury rofe,
And down he settled me with hearty blows.
I groan'd, and lay extended on my fide;
Oh! thou haft flain me for my wealth (I cry'd)
Yet I forgive thee---take my laft embrace--- 421 ·
He wept, kind foul! and stoop'd to kiss my face;
I took him fuch a box as turn'd him blue,
Then figh'd and cry'd, Adieu, my dear, adieu!
But after many a hearty struggle past, 425
I condescended to be pleas'd at laft.
Soon as he faid, My mistress and
Do what you list, the term of all your life:
I took to heart the merits of the cause,
And stood content to rule by wholesome laws; 430