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The Image of Irelande, plate 4, by John Derricke, 1581


And when with myrth and belly cheere, they are sufficed well,
Marke what ensueth, a playne discourse, of Irish sleightes I tell:
The fryer then absolves the theefe, from all his former sinne,
And bids him plague the princes frendes, if heaven he minde to winne.
Which being sayd, he takes his horse, to put in practise then,
The spoyling and destroying of her graces loyal men.

But Loe the souldiers then the plague, unto this Karnish rowt:
To yeld them vengeaunce for their sinnes, in warlick sort rise out.
They presse the rancoure of the theeves, by force of bloudy knife,
And stap thje pray they ficht away, depriving them of life:
The fryer then that traytrous knave, with Ough Ough Hone lament:
To see his coosin Devills sonnes, to have so fowle event.

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