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First Line: Fine madam would-be, wherefore should you fear
Last Line: Of the not born, yet buried, here's the tomb.
Subject(s): Duplicity; Infertility; Pregnancy; Deceit


Fine Madam Would-Be, wherefore should you fear,
That love to make so well, a child to bear?
The world reputes you barren; but I know
Your 'pothecary, and his drug says no.
Is it the pain affrights? That's soon forgot.
Or your complexion's loss? You have a pot
That can restore that. Will it hurt your feature?
To make amends, you're thought a wholesome creature.
What should the cause be? Oh, you live at court,
And there's both loss of time and loss of sport
In a great belly. Write, then, on thy womb,
Of the not born, yet buried, here's the tomb.




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