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The Three States of Woman

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In a maiden-time profess'd,
Then we say that life is bless'd;
Tasting once the married life,
Then we only praise the wife;
There's but one state more to try,
Which makes women laugh or cry--
Widow, widow: of these three
The middle's best, and that give me.

Thomas Middleton (1580 – 1627)


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