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By S. R.


Printed for Henry Bell^ and are to be

fold at his Shop within the Hofpitall gate
in Smith-field. 1622.


To the Reader.

S oftentimes as friend his friend doth meet,
And with falute each other kindly greet,
The fecond fpeech that commonly they
Is to enquire flraight, Pray what Good newes? (vfe
The eare for nouelties flill harkens out
After the tales which tongues doe fpread about,
And many a one mofl wicked doth deuife,
To feed the world, with falfe deluding lies ;
Becaufe men are fo apt for to inquire,
And after rumours haue fo great defire :
But heer's no imitation of fuch men,
Good newes, and bad, prefented by a pen;
That to your view fuch humours doth prefent,
As by the good you may the bad preuent :
Heer's choife and change of both forts to be had :
Full of variety^ Good newes, and Bad.

S. R.



A n Epigram^ vpon a ieJlofWillSominers.

WILL SOMMERS, oiice vnto King Harry came,
And in a ferious fhew himfelfe did frame
To goe to Lo7idon, taking of his leaue,
Stay William, (quoth the King) I doe perceiue
You are in hafte, but tell me your occafion,
Let me preuaile thus, by a friends perfvvafion :
Quoth he if thou wilt know, He tell thee. Marry
I goe to London for Court newes old Harry.
Goeft thither from the Court, to heare Court-Newes ?
This is a tricke Sommcrs, that makes me mufe;
Oh yes (quoth William) Citizens can fhow
Whats done in Court ere thou or I doe know.
If an Embaffador be comming ouer.
Before he doe arriue and land at Dojier,
They know his mafters meffage and intent
Ere thou canft tell the caufe why he is fent.
If of a Parliament they doe but heare,
They know what lawes fhall be ena6led there :
And therefore for a while, adue White-hall,
Harry, He bring thee newes home, lyes and all.



To Make-tale and Carry-tale.

IT were good newes to any honeft minde,
That we could fuch a reformation finde
Amongfl our wandring wits and giddy braines,
That they would ceafe their fottifh idle vaines
Of intermedling (as they daily doe)
With things their calling hath no claime vnto.
Groffe ignorance prefumptuoufly will prate
Of ferious matters that concerne a State,
Dull vnderftandhig neuer heeds his owne,
But other mens affaires, that muft be knowne,
BlockiJIi-conceit, will boldly take in hand,
That he Church gouernment doth vnderftand
To want (what he hath need of) Reformation,
And this is growne to fuch a graceleffe fafhion,
That we the common cuftome may forbeare
Vs'd when men meet. What's the good newes yoii hearef
And to another queftion may proceed,
What lies abroad ? and then y'are fure to fpeed.
You fhall haue them by whole fale quickly vented,
T'is wondrous ftrange how people are contented



To Make-tale and Carry-tale.

To haue themfelues deluded in this fort,

By euery flying fained falfe report ;

How itching eares doe entertaine all fluffe,

If it be named Neives t'is good enough.

One faies a traueller (a friend of his)

Is new come home, and he hath told him this.

Another faies as he in Paules did walke,

He heard the newes whereof two Knights did talke :

Another he hath newes is very rare.

And heard it fitting in a Barbers chaire :

Another he is furnifli't very flrange,

With newes new taken vp at the Exchange.

And thus about from man to man it flies,

Was neuer fuch an age for telling lies.

Make-tale, and Carry-tale, a worke are fet.

Father of lies hath caught them in his net.

They are his owne and he emploies them ftill,

And fo I leaue them to his curfed will.

The good Nezves and the Bad, that here is told,

Doth take foundation on a better hold,

For when this booke is oner read by yon,

rie lay the price, yon luill confeffe t'is trne.



Good Newes,

Wealthy Citizen that di'd of late,
Did leaue his wife a very great eftate,
Sum'd vp in Thoufands to her hearts

content :
All forts of futers to this widow went ;
As Courtiers, Lawyers, Citizens, Di-

But flie vnto a gallant Knight inclines.

And would be Madam'd, Worfhip'd, Ladifide,

And in the Leather-carted fafhion ride.

The match was made, the marriage confummate,

Her Ladifhip was grac'd, in pompe and ftate,

With all content vnto her hearts defire,

So brauely proud, that all her friends admire. ^^ -:....

Their old acquaintance quite afide was layd,

Her worfhip highly fcorn'd fhop-keeping trade :

Friends, kinsfolkes, neighbours, are inferiour all,

She much difdaines, What lacke ye, at a ftall.




Bad Newes.

Fie vpon giddie Fortune, and her wheele,
Vnconftant, and as flipperie as an Eele :
From Kitchin-maid, to Miflris fhe arofe,
From miflris vnto Madam, vp fhe goes :
And there a yeare or two lets Lady fwagger.
Then turnes about, and fends her downe to begger.
Her dearefl Knight (whom fo fhe iuft may call)
What with his debts, and what with Haiie at ally
Lay hidden like a fauage in his den.
For feare of Bayliffes, Sergeants, Marfhals men :
And fhe doth on her Virginals complaine,
I zvaile in woe, my Knight doth, plunge inpaine.

Good Newes.

AVfurer met late with a Diuine,
At a friends houfe, where they together dine,
And entring good difcourfe, the Preacher tooke
Occafion to condemne out of Gods booke,



Good Newes.

The finfull trade that money-mongers vfe,

Beginning with Gods Law vnto the lewes ;

And fo throughout all ages, how the beft

Of holy men did vfurie deteft :

And that there neuer any Saint hath bin,

Would venter foule vpon that wicked fm.

The Vfurer that heard his zealous fpeech.

Repented, and Gods mercy did befeech ;

In his defence not knowing what to fay,

But free confeft his heart had gone aftray :

And from that day would reftitution make,

And ten i'th Hundred vtterly forfake :

To Hofpitals moft liberall he would giue,

To pris'ners, that in miferie doe Hue.

Almes-houfes for the poore he will haue made,

And repaire Churches ruinous decay'd :

High wayes and bridges he would likewife mend.

And bountifull beneuolence extend

To fchooles of learning, yea would thoufands giue

To pious vfe, while he had time to Hue.

And fo detefting damned vfury,

Learne euery day vnto the world to die.

B 2 After


Bad Newes,

AFter he did this godly motion chufe,
He walking home, where fitting in a mufe,
His man comes in, and to him fadly fpoke,
Sir, he you fent me to this morning's broke.
Hee's gone for Ireland the Neighbours fay,
And what he owes neuer intends to pay.
Another of his feruants commeth in,
And tels him as bad newes where he had bin :
One that fhould pay fiue hundred pounds together,
Had taken Ludgate, and was new gone thither.
Now out vpon them Villaines both, he faid,
Is this a world t'haue reftitution made.?
Giue vnto Hofpitals that will for me,
And tarry Knaues in prifon where you be.
Build Almes-houfes, you that haue mind thereto,
I with my coyne haue fomewhat elfe to doe.
Mend Bridges, you that ouer bridges goes,
For you fhal make no bridge (friends) of my nofe.
And for your Churches with decayed wall,
Get Briefes and begge, or let your Churches fall.
Mine owne's mine owne, vpon my felfe to fpend;
He truft to none. Gold's my affured friend.



Good Newes.

LAdy, thou (halt not lacke while I haue land,
Money we will haue ready at command.
The wealthy Citizen is my Caffeere,
The foole has mony, and He fell him deare.
How braue I fold the Farme a month agoe,
Oh that I had good flore to vtter fo.
This ready money giues a man content,
For Tenants come but lingring in with Rent :
When I for Hundreds haue a prefent vfe,
And aske to borrow, ftraight ther's an excufe,
I cannot fir, I haue it not to fpare,
It makes me fcorne fellowes that are fo bare :
He haue my purfe with money furnifh'd flill,
Sell Medow, paflure, arable, I will;
And fo be ready for to make fupply,
Gentilities beft ornaments to buy.
Weele haue a Coach, like Chariot of the Swine,
With hautie Horfes, for our lades be done.
New Sutes for thee and I, at leall some ten
New Liueries for all our Seruing-men.
And thus to credit Madam weele afcend.
That vulgar fort our worfhips may commend.

B3 Sir


Bad Newes.

Sir Nimblc-toucJi makes his poffefllons flie,
And on his ready money doth relie :
Heele be admir'd for brauery, out of hand,
And where his father left him fpacious land,
A iourney to him, for to walke about,
He by a nimble policy found out,
To fhorten tedious fteps ore bridge and ftile.
And bring his land in compaffe of a mile.
A pretty walke to giue himfelfe content.
And faue much trouble in receiuing rent.
But now his worfhip hath much charged bin
With laying out, hauing no comming in.
And finds moft true what he before did fay,
That ready money euer will away.
Now land is fold, and money gone in goods,
He cals out, Andreiv, I am in the fuddes;
I had good tenements, I had faire land.
But of that fute, others haue cleer'd my hand.
And I am left A melancJwly Knight,
As Ploydon fayd. The cafe is altered quite:
What remedy gainft Fortunes raging fits.
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Good Nezves.

TWo canting rogues, that old conforts had bin,
And cage, and ftockes, met often kindly in :
That had beene fharers long and many a day
Of what they got vpon the common way,
Did accidental! at an alehoufe meet.
And in this manner one another greet ;
What Roger, well met rogue, old fellow begger,
When did we two like boone companions fwagger,
As we haue done, thou knowft in youthful! prime,
How doefl thou thriue mad flaue this farthing time?
This copper age, what, come they roundly in ?
Yes faith, the trade hath neuer better bin.
Pence, and few giuers we had heretofore.
But farthings now, and giuers theres good ftore,
Men, Women, feruants, Children, all are able,
I tell thee fellow, this is comfortable.
There's neuer a day that I abroad doe roame,
But I bring copper like a Tinker home.
Knocke for Tobacco, call for ale, hang forrow,
God blejfeyoji Majier, will bring more to morrow.




Bad Newes,

THus at their ale, and pipe of fmoother fitting,
And boafting each to other of their getting,
Within fhort time they plyde the hquor fo,
As drunke as beggers both, they could not goe.
And fell to quarrell of old matters done
When they their begging partnerfhip begun ;
Thou cheat' ft me once of twenty pence quoth one,
Vnto thy confclence it is plainly knowne :
I cheat (quoth he) thou lyeft in thy throat,
Thy company hath coft me many a groat :
Thou canft not fay that I haue cut a purfe,
Thou haft broke into houfes, and done worfe,
Stolne fheets from hedges, broke vp doores by night
And deferu'd hanging, if thou hadft thy right.
With that together by the eares they fall,
The Conftable on tother fide the wall
Was drinking with a friend, and for aid knockes.
To carry drunken beggers to the ftockes ;
From thence he fent them to another coafl,
And made their pafport from the whipping port.



Good Newes.

AShepheard fitting on a pleafant banke,
In Summer Sun-lhine, where the graffe grew rancke.
And natures paintments, red, and yellow, blew,
With colours plenty round about him grew,
Efpide at fea a gallant fhip did faile
With calme, and mild, and fauourable gale.
Oh (quoth the fliepheard) what a pleafant thing,
To fee a veffell with a canuafe wing
Glide on the waters, fly vpon the flouds,
And coaft from place to place, with man and goods :
He be no longer land-man on this hill,
But He to fea, let him keepe fheepe that will.
So felling all his cattell at good rates,
Turnes marchant, fraughts a barke with figs and dates.
Buyes pen-worths, better not in feuen yeare.
And vnderflands where he may fell goods deare.
So taking leaue with friends he vow'd and fwore,
He was a foole to flay fo long a fhore.




Bad Neives,

IMagine now our fhepheard's vnder faile,
Where raging ftormes, and tempefts fo preuaile,
The fhip, with all the goods is caft away,
And the young merchant begger'd in a day,
Comes poorely home, from Neptunes raging deepe,
And takes his trade againe, of keeping fheepe ;
And fitting penfme on the graffie fhore,
He fpied a fhip came fayling as before,
In mild calme weather on a funfhine-day,
Whereat he fhooke his head, and thus did fay,
I once had wealth, and got an honeft gaine,
In my content of calling taking paine :
My flocks did profper, and my felfe did thriue,
Till fuch a flattring fliow did make me ftriue
To get fea fortunes, which I now repent,
That had enough, and could not Hue content.
But God bleffe all Mafters and Mafters mates,
And farewell fhip, He deale no more with Dates.




Good Newes.

AN ancient bachelour did long forbeare
Becaufe of houfhold charge he ftood in feare ;
And would not marry, till he heard of one
Was ftor'd with money, but of children none,
Good hufwife, and moft fparing of her purfe,
She fhoud be his, For better, and for worfe.
Thus looking out, and fearching with a care.
To haue a wealthy match vnto his fhare,
At length vpon a wench he chaunc'd to light,
Childleffe, and rich, vnto his humour right.
As greedy as himfelfe being wholly bent,
And heer's a match vnto his hearts content:
He doth reioyce and boafl amongft his friends.
That his good fortunes to fuch height extends,
For fuch a compleat wife, from head to foot,
He would not change for thoufands giuen to boot.
And thus with ioy he doth imbrace his Bride,
Holding himfelfe rifen vpon right fide,
That he had grace fo luckily to chufe.
Oh loyfull happy admirable newes.
You bachelors, beware take heed (he faid)
Let no young man run rafhly on a mayd :

C 2 They'r



Bad Newes.

Thei'r proud and poore, and muft be long a wooing,
Then proue bad hufwiues to a mans vndoing.
But take a widow to augment thy ftate,
That hath good leafes, houfhold ftufife and plate,
Gold, linnen, woollen, pewter, and good braffe.
And welcome widow, Tut a maydes an affe.

Bad Newes,

THe bachelor, (after his wooing paines)
Maries the widow with her golden gaines,
And liue together louing man and wife.
Some fortnight after ere they fell to ftrife.
But two weekes pafl grew fuch a flormy fhower,
He neuer faw calme weather till this hower.
His name of lokn is turned into lacke,
She tels him, that her mony cloathes his backe:
And that he was a needy rafcall knaue,
And fhe hath made a man of fuch a flaue.




Good Newes.

Her words (laft weeke) of loue, fweet hart, and ioy,
Are turn'd to villain, rogue, and beardleffe boy,
And tells him further that it is her fhame,
That (he hath grac'd him with a husbands name,
Being vnworthy wretch to wipe her fhooes :
Friends this is bad, and yet we haue worfe newes;
For tis too true (as all the neighbours knows)
From rayling words fhe fals to fwaggring blowes,
And fcratcht his face, in fury broke his head,
Yea in her choler kickt him out of bed.
He fhall not walke before her in the ftreets.
Nor meet with her betweene a paire of flieets.
She is his better, many a degree,
And vowes her beft bags he fhall neuer fee.
Heer's a braue match for mony, is it not ?
This bachelor hath a rich widow got.
But he doth wifh, in griefe and anguifh pang'd,
That he were buried, or his wife were hang'd.
And now a maid, as poore as poore may be.
Is worth ten thoufand widowes, fuch as ftie.

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Good Newes.

WHen countrey Nanne, the milkemaid-laffes left,
Shee came to London very neat and deft,
To feeke preferment, and her fortunes raife.
Being indeed (as all the parifh faies)
A handfome wench and likely to doe well,
If with a London Miftris fhe might dwell,
Euen according to her hearts content
Into a right good feruice Annis went:
As good a Miflris as fhe could defire.
And as good wages as fhe did require.
After fhe two yeares kitchin mayd had feru'd,
So well by her good cariage fhe deferu'd.
That to be chamber maid fhe did afcend.
And therewithal! her wages much did mend.
Now like a Gentlewoman fhe doth goe,
And countrey maids admire to fee her fo.
Telling their friends, with all the fpeed they can,
They will be Londoners like Miflreffe Anne.



Bad Newes.

HEigh ho, bad newes as euer came to towne,
From London to the countreys caried downe;
Alas poore wench, a fcuruy feruing man
Has (out vpon him) bin with countrey Nan^
And giuen her fuch a knauifli ouerthrow.
She is as bigge as euer fhe can goe :
The cafe is alter'd, 'twill no more be faid,
There goes the kitchin or the chamber maid ;
But this is fhe changed (the world knowes how)
From maid that was to be a feruant now.
And that fame wicked fellow that did this,
Doth vow and fweare the Childe is none of his.
But fets it light, and makes thereof a feoff,
And thinkes in Knauery thus to bob her off:
But heele be talkt withall ere one moneth ends,
For the poore wench hath fent for all her friends,
And then it will be proued plaine, at lagre,
That hees the man muft beare the Nurfmg charge.
Since Nans Virginity paft help is loft,
They'l teach him what a maidenhead will coft,
What law will doe he fhall be fure to finde,
Becaufe he beares fuch bafeneffe in his minde.




Good Newes,

Meane while, be it a daughter or a fonne,

No remedy, it is fo lately done.

Nans Mafter and her Miftreffe both abhor it,

But what fayes fhe? They can not hang her for it.

Good Newes.

GOod newes is come from Goodman Groutnols fonne,
His wretched father with the world hath done:
Dead as a dog that lieth in a ditch,
And now the youth meanes to goe thorough Hitch,
And be a gallant in his golden dales,
His father was a fimple man he faies :
For though he gather'd ftore of worldly pelfe,
Why yet he did not vnderfland himfelfe.
He was for profit euermore prepar'd,
But for Gentility he neuer car'd.
A plaine blunt fellow ftill a plodding an.
But Chrijlopher will be another man.



Good Newes.

He will not haue his armes a moneth to feeke,

For he hath beene with Heraulds but laft weeke,

And will haue fomething for himfelfe to fhew,

Although it be a Cuckoe or a Crow:

Nay, and perhaps (if all things fall out right)

He may before he goes to graue, turne Knight,

But he will make no boafting, let that reft.

Kit will be euer louiall as the beft :

His father was a good old man he faies,

And for his death, he giues God heartie praife.

Bad Newes.

NOw for the citie is young Groutnoll bound.
Where humors for to grace him may be found :
Firft he muft learne to dance, and dance he will.
Then to the noble fcience for fome skill.
If any roaring boy fliould chance to fwagger,
And challenge him at rapier and at dagger,

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Bad Newes.

In Tauernes then his credit muft appeare,

Where flill his purfe doth all the reckoning cleare,

Dinners and fuppers, drunken healths to any,

He doth difcharge the bils vnto a pennie,

To fharkes, that are his daily feafting friends

He giues, maintaines, and what they'le borrow lends:

Falls in with cheaters that can cog a Die,

And ftill his open purfe lets money flie :

And thus he reuels it ftill fpending on,

As if he were in hafte, to fee all gon.

Which by his lauifh hand, being brought to paffe,

His conforts cenfure him an idle affe,

A gull that fuffer'd all men to deceaue him,

And fo vnto the Counter-hole they leaue him.

Good Newes.

FRiends I proteft by my Gentilitie,
Your Citie's full of rare ciuilitie :
Where I haue beene moft brauely vs'd of late.
By worthy citizens, as I'le relate :



Good Newes.

Since my arriuall out of forraine parts,

In meafure, farre beyond my poore defarts,

I cannot paffe through any ftreet or lane

But barehead curtefie doth entertaine

My worfhip with what lacke you, wondrous kinde :

And credit with all forts of trades I finde.

My word for wares they neuer yet forfooke.

But take my hand familiar to their booke.

I goe my felfe, or fend by any token,

'Tis ready ere the meffage be halfe fpoken,

Much in commodities I could proceed,

More then my vfe hath any caufe to need.

Therefore I'le trie my further credit rather

With ten ith' hundred, that old pennie father;

To fhop-mens bookes my hand no more will deale,

I am for Scriueners now, with hand and feale.

Bad Newes,

WHat hungrie fellowes doth the citie breed?
That will not fpare a Gentleman in's need,
But euen by meere extremities doe ftriue.
And gape as they would eat a man aliue :

D 2 My

Bad Newes.

My London lodgings are all haunted fo

With wicked fpirits, that I am faine to goe

Into the Suburbes, there to feeke fome charme,

That may fecure me from the catchpoles harme;

And there by chance I met with a conceit,

Which in my minde I daily muft repeat.

All Grocers fpice you freely may imbrace,

Only take heed you touch not of the Mace,

Nor is it for your freedom's eafe and good

To walke the flreet, that's call'd by name of Wood,

Poultrie refraine, for thats a meat will binde-you.

And of all feekers, let not Sarieants finde you :

Keepe backe your feet from their In-countring waieSy

For they'le falute you with a frightfull phrafe

As, Gentleman, at fuck afuit I rejl you.

This vexing word will very much moleft you.


Good Newes.

Ood lucke's, good newes a man would thinke it were,
And heer's a tale of good-lucke you fhall heare.




Good Newes.

One had a Legacie of fortie pound

Which came in cleere, as if 'twere money found :

This he imployes in diuers kinde of things,

Which benefit vnto the buyer brings.

For all he bought it was exceeding cheape,

Double and treble profit he did reape;

A horfe, for which he did but fiue pound pay

Was fold for fifteene, ready coine, next day.

Sutes of apparell, cloakes, and ftore of plate,

Great penny-worths and at an eafie rate;

Pawnes came in plentie, vpon bills of fale

Made lawfull purchafe, if the pay-day faile.

Thus in fhort time beginning with a gift

Of fortie pound, he made fuch fhuffling fhift,

He was a man of hundreds in account,

And did in termes of credit fo amount,

Within the parifli he a great fway bore.

Which made them wonder, knew him bafe before;

That in fo fhort a time, wealth flow'd fo faft.

And begger got on horfebacke in fuch hafte.

D 3 Bad


Bad Newes.

THe fpeech is true, Experience proues no leffe,
That goods ill gotten meet with ill fucceffe ;
Where God doth bleffe, happie abundance fprings,
And greatneffe growes, of many little things :
But whereas wealth by wicked meanes is bred,
A curfe will fall vpon the getters head.
For all the bargaines that this wretch had made,
Was out of theeuing, and of brokers trade :
Stolne goods were fold vnto him at beft hand,
Vpon deare price his chapmen did not ftand,
Becaufe it coft them only but the taking,
And it is term'd cloake, cup, or linnen making :
I made (faies one) this ruffe, this fword, this hat.
So what the Broker bought, the theeues made that.
But after this fame making comes a marring :
The prouerb faies, when theeues doe fall to iarring,
By that meanes true-men doe regaine their owne.
And this is often manifeftly knowne :
Contention comes, and that fo ouerfwaies them.
The Deuill ovfQs, a fhame, and then he paies them. -f^.-




Good Newes*

FRom Neptimes rough encountring dreadfull deepe ;
And Eolus, that ftormie quoile doth keepe :
With furious blafts amids the liquid waues,
Making the waters winding fheetes and graues :

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