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A
Mouzell For
Melastomus,

The Cynicall Bayter of, and foule
mouthed Barker against
Evahs Sex.

Or an Apologeticall Answere to
that Irreligious and Illiterate
Pamphlet made by Jo. Sw.Joseph Swetnam and by him
Intituled, The Arraignement
of Women.

By Rachel Speght.

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“Answer a foole according to his Foolishnesse, lest he bee wise in
his owne conceit.”

London,
Printed by Nicholas Okes for Thomas Archer, and
are to be sold at his shop in Popeshead-Pallace.
16171617.

A2v A3r

To all vertuous Ladies Honourable
or Worshipfull, and to all other
of Hevahs sex fearing God, and loving their
just reputation, grace and peace through
Christ, to eternall glory.

It was the similie of that wise
and learned Lactantius, that if
fire, though but with a small
sparke kindled, bee not at the
first quenched, it may worke
great mischiefe and dammage:
So likewise may the scandals and defamations
of the malevolent in time prove pernitious, if
they bee not nipt in the head at their first appearance.
The consideration of this (right Honourable
and Worshipfull Ladies) hath incited
me (though yong, and the unworthiest of thousands)
to encounter with a furious enemy to our
sexe, least if his unjust imputations should continue
without answere, he might insult and account
himselfe a victor; and by such a conceit
deale, as Historiographers report the viper to
doe, who in the Winter time doth vomit forth
her poyson, and in the spring time sucketh the
same up againe, which becommeth twise as A3 deadly A3v
deadly as the former: And this our pestiferous
enemy, by thinking to provide a more deadly
poyson for women, then already he hath foamed
forth, may evaporate, by an addition unto
his former illeterate Pamphlet (intituled The
Arraignement of Women
) a more contagious obtrectation
then he hath already done, and indeed
hath threatned to doe. Secondly, if it
should have had free passage without any answere
at all (seeing that Tacere is, quasi consentire)
the vulgar ignorant might have beleeved
his Diabolicall infamies to be infallible truths,
not to bee infringed; whereas now they may
plainely perceive them to bee but the scumme
of Heathenish braines, or a building raised
without a foundation (at least from sacred
Scripture) which the winde of Gods truth
must needs cast downe to the ground. A third
reason why I have adventured to fling this
stone at vaunting Goliah is, to comfort the
mindes of all Hevahs sex, both rich and poore,
learned and unlearned, with this Antidote, that
if the feare of God reside in their hearts, maugre
all adversaries, they are highly esteemed
and accounted of in the eies of their gracious
Redeemer, so that they need not feare the darts
of envy or obtrectators: For shame and disgrace
(saith Aristotle) is the end of them that
shoote such poysoned shafts. Worthy therefore
of imitation is that example of Seneca,
who when he was told that a certaine man did exclaime A4r
exclaime and raile against him, made this milde
answere; Some dogs barke more upon custome
then curstnesse; and some speake evill of others,
not that the defamed deserve it, but because
through custome and corruption of their hearts
they cannot speake well of any. This I alleage as
a paradigmatical patterne for all women, noble
& ignoble to follow, that they be not enflamed
with choler against this our enraged adversarie,
but patiently consider of him according to the
portraiture which he hath drawne of himselfe,
his Writings being the very embleme of a
monster.

This my briefe Apologie (Right Honourable
and Worshipfull) did I enterprise, not as
thinking my selfe more fit then others to undertake
such a taske, but as one, who not perceiving
any of our Sex to enter the Lists of encountring
with this our grand enemy among
men, I being out of all feare, because armed
with the truth, which though often blamed, yet
can never be shamed, and the Word of Gods
Spirit, together with the example of vertues
Pupils for a Buckler, did no whit dread to combate
with our said malevolent adversarie. And
if in so doing I shall bee censured by the judicious
to have the victorie, and shall have given
content unto the wronged, I have both hit the
marke whereat I aymed, and obtained that prize
which I desired. But if Zoilus shall adjudge me
presumptuous in Dedicating this my Chirographgraph A4v
unto personages of so high ranke; both
because of my insufficiency in literature and
tendernesse in yeares: I thus Apologize for my
selfe; that seeing the Bayter of Women hath opened
his mouth against noble as well as ignoble,
against the rich as well as the poore; therefore
meete it is that they should be joynt spectators
of this encounter: And withall in regard of my
imperfection both in learning and age, I need
so much the more to impetrate patronage from
some of power to sheild mee from the biting
wrongs of Momus, who oftentimes setteth a
rankling tooth into the sides of truth. Wherefore
I being of Decius his mind, who deemed
himselfe safe under the shield of sar, have presumed
to shelter my selfe under the wings of
you (Honourable personages) against the persecuting
heate of this fierie and furious Dragon;
desiring that you would be pleased, not to
looke so much ad opus, as ad animum: And so
not doubting of the favourable accēeptance
and censure of all vertuously affected, I rest

Your Honours and Worships
Humbly at commandement.

Rachel Speght.

A B1r

If Reason had but curb’d thy witlesse will,

Or feare of God restrain’d thy raving quill,

Such venime fowle thou would’st have blusht to spue,

Except that Grace have bidden thee adue:

Prowesse disdaines to wrastle with the weake,

Heathenish affected, care not what they speake.

Seducer of the vulgar sort of men,

Was Sathan crept into thy filthie Pen,

Enflaming thee with such infernall smoake,

That (if thou had’st thy will) should women choake?

Nefarious fiends thy sence heerein deluded,

And from thee all humanitie excluded,

Monster of men, worthie no other name,

For that thou did’st assay our Sex to shame.

Ra. Sp.Rachel Speght

Faults escaped in this Impression.


  • Page I. lin.12. in the Preface for “roaring” reade roaving.

  • page 4. line 17. for “Ironica” reade Ironia.

  • page 7. line 19. for “not touch” reade not to touch.

  • page 11 line 20. for “Meriam” reade Miriam.

  • page 21. line 13. for “tongs” reade tongues.

  • page 32. line 27. for “adulterous” reade idolatrous.

  • page 33. line 20. for “Arganox” reade Organon.
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Not unto the veriest Ideot that
ever set Pen to Paper, but to the
Cynicall Bayter of Women, or
metamorphosed Misogunes,
Joseph Swetnam.

From standing water, which
soon putrifies, can no good
fish be expected; for it produceth
no other creatures
but those that are venemous
or noisome, as snakes,
adders, and such like. Semblably,
no better streame can we looke, should
issue from your idle corrupt braine, then that
whereto the ruffe of your fury (to use your owne
words) hath moved you to open the sluce. In
which excrement of your roaring cogitations
you have used such irregularities touching concordance,
and observed so disordered a methode,
as I doubt not to tel you, that a very Accidence
Schollar would have quite put you
downe in both. You appeare heerein not unlike
that Painter, who seriously indevouring to pour- B2r
pourtray Cupids Bowe, forgot the String: for
you beeing greedie to botch up your mingle
mangle invective against Women, have not
therein observed, in many places, so much as
as Grammer sense. But the emptiest Barrell
makes the lowdest sound; and so we wil account
of you.

Many propositions have you framed, which
(as you thinke) make much against Women,
but if one would make a Logicall assumption,
the conclusion would be flat against your owne
Sex. Your dealing wants so much discretion,
that I doubt whether to bestow so good a name
as the Dunce upon you: but Minority bids me
keepe within my bounds; and therefore I onlie
say unto you, that your corrupt Heart and railing
Tongue, hath made you a fit scribe for the
Divell.

In that you have termed your virulent foame,
the Beare-bayting of Women, you have plainely
displayed your owne disposition to be Cynicall,
in that there appeares no other Dogge or
Bull, to bayte them, but your selfe. Good had
it beene for you to have put on that Muzzell,
which Saint James would have all Christians to
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.James 4 11. weare; “Speake not evill one of another”: and then
had you not seemed so like the Serpent Porphirus,
as now you doe; which, though full of
deadly poyson, yet being toothlesse, hurteth
none so much as himselfe. For you having gone
beyond the limits not of Humanitie alone, but B2 of B2v
of Christianitie, have done greater harme unto
your owne soule, then unto women, as may
plainely appeare. First, in dishonoring of God
by palpable blasphemy, wresting and perverting
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Pet. 3. 16. everie place of Scripture, that you have alleadged;
which by the testimony of Saint Peter,
is to the destruction of them that so doe. Secondly,
it appeares by your disparaging of, and
opprobrious speeches against that excellent
worke of Gods hands, which in his great love
he perfected for the comfort of man. Thirdly,
and lastly, by this your hodge-podge of heathenish
Sentences, Similies, and Examples, you
have set forth your selfe in your right colours,
unto the view of the world: and I doubt not but
the Judicious will account of you according to
your demerit: As for the Vulgar sort, which
have no more learning then you have shewed
in your Booke, it is likely they will applaud you
for your paines.

As for your Bugge-beare or advice unto Women,
that whatsoever they doe thinke of your
Worke, they should conceale it, lest in finding
fault, they bewray their galled backes to the
world; in which you allude to that Proverbe,
“Rubbe a galled horse, and he will kicke”: Unto it I
answere by way of Apologie, that though everie
galled horse, being touched, doth kicke; yet
every one that kickes, is not galled: so that you
might as well have said, that because burnt folks
dread the fire, therfore none feare fire but those that B3r
that are burnt, as made that illiterate conclusion
which you have absurdly inferred.

In your Title Leafe, you arraigne none but
lewd, idle, froward and unconstant women, but
in the Sequele (through defect of memorie as
it seemeth) forgetting that you had made a distinction
of good from badde, condemning all
in generall, you advise men to beware of, and
not to match with any of these sixe sorts of women,
viz. Good and Badde, Faire and Foule, Rich
and Poore: But this doctrine of Divells
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Tim. 4. 3. Saint Paul foreseeing would be broached in the latter
times, gives warning of.

There also you promise a Commendation
of wise, vertuous, and honest women, when as
in the subsequent, the worst words, and filthiest
Epithites that you can devise, you bestow on
them in generall, excepting no sort of Women.
Heerein may you be likened unto a man, which
upon the doore of a scurvie house sets this Superscription,
“Heere is a very faire house to be let”:
whereas the doore being opened, it is no better
then a dogge-hole and darke dungeon.

Further, if your owne words be true, that
you wrote with your hand, but not with your
heart, then you are an hypocrite in Print: but
it is rather to be thought that your Pen was the
bewrayer of the abundance of your minde, and
that this was but a little morter to dawbe up agayne
the wall, which you intended to breake
downe.

B3 The B3v

The revenge of your rayling Worke wee
leave to Him, who hath appropriated vengeance
unto himselfe, whose Pen-man hath included
Raylers in the Catalogue of them, that
shall not inherite Gods Kingdome, and your
selfe unto the mercie of that just Judge, who is
able to save and to destroy.

Your undeserved friend,

Rachel Speght.

B4r

In praise of the Author and her Worke.

If little David that for Israels sake,

esteemed neyther life nor limbe too deare,

In that he did adventure without dread,

to cast at him, whom all the hoste did feare,

A stone, which brought Goliah to the ground,

Obtain’d applause with Songs and Timbrels sound.

Then let another young encombatant

receive applause, and thankes, as well as hee:

For with an enemie to Women kinde,

she hath encountred, as each wight may see:

And with the fruit of her industrious toyle,

To this Goliah she hath given the foyle.

Admire her much I may, both for her age,

and this her Mouzell for a blacke-mouth’d wight,

But praise her, and her worke, to that desert,

which unto them belongs of equall right

I cannot; onely this I say, and end,

Shee is unto her Sex a faithfull friend.

Philalethes.

B4v

If he that for his Countrie doth expose

himselfe unto the furie of his foe,

Doth merite praise and due respect of those,

for whom he did that perill undergoe:

Then let the Author of this Mouzell true

Receive the like, of right it is her due.

For she to shield her Sex from Slaunders Dart,

and from invective obtrectation,

Hath ventured by force of Learnings Art,

(in which she hath had education)

To combate with him, which doth shame his Sex,

By offring feeble women to perplex.

Philomathes.

Praise is a debt, which doth of due belong

To those, that take the path of Vertues trace,

Meating their wayes and workes by Reasons rule,

Having their hearts so lightned with Gods grace,

That willingly they would not him offend,

But holily their lines beginne and end.

Of such a Pupill unto Pietie

As is describ’d, I doe intend to speake,

A Virgin young, and of such tender age,

As for encounter may be deemd too weake,

Shee having not as yet seene twenty yeares,

Though in her carriage older she appeares.

Her wit and learning in this present Worke,

More praise doth merit, then my quill can write:

Her magnanimitie deserves applaud,

In ventring with a fierie foe to fight:

And now in fine, what shall I further say?

But that she beares the triumph quite away.

Favour B.

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A Mouzell for Melastomus the
Cynicall Bayter of, and foule-
mouthed Barker against
Evahs Sex.

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“He that findeth a wife, findeth a good thing, and
receiveth favour of the Lord.”


If lawfull it bee to compare
the Potter with his Clay,
or the Architect with the
Edifice; then may I, in some
sort, resemble that love of
God towards man, in creating
woman, unto the
affectionate care of Abraham
for his sonne Isaac, who that hee might not
take to wife one of the daughters of the Canaanites,
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did provide him one of his owne kindred.

C Almighty C1v 2

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ephe. 2 4. Almighty God, who is rich in mercie, having
made all things of nothing, and created man
in his owne image: that is, (as the Apostle expounds
it) “In wisedome, righteousnesse and true
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ephe. 4. 24. holinesse; making him Lord over all:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 3 30.
to avoide
that solitarie condition that hee was then in,
having none to commerce or converse withall
but dumbe creatures, it seemed good unto the
Lord, that as of every creature hee had made
male and female, and man onely being alone
without mate, so likewise to forme an helpe
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2. 20. meete for him. Adam
for this cause being cast
into a heavy sleepe, God extracting a rib from
his side, thereof made, or built, Woman;
shewing thereby, that man was as an unperfect
building afore woman was made; and bringing
her unto Adam, united and married them together.

Thus the resplendent love of God toward
man appeared, in taking care to provide him an
helper before hee saw his owne want, and in
providing him such an helper as should bee
meete for him. Soveraignety had hee over all
creatures, and they were all serviceable unto
him; but yet afore woman was formed, there
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2. 20. was not a meete helpe found for Adam. Mans
worthinesse not meriting this great favour at
Gods hands, but his mercie onely moving him
thereunto: I may use those words which the
Jewes uttered when they saw Christ weepe for
Lazarus, “Behold how hee loved him:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 11. 36. Behold, and that C2r 3
that with good regard, Gods love; yea his great
love, which from the beginning hee hath borne
unto man: which, as it appeares in all things;
so next, his love in Christ Jesus apparantly in
this; that for mans sake, that hee might not be
an unite, when all other creatures were for procreation
duall, hee created woman to bee a solace
unto him, to participate of his sorrowes,
partake of his pleasures, and as a good yokefellow
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Cor. 11. 9. beare part of his burthen. Of the excellencie
of this Structure, I meane of Women,
whose foundation and original of creation, was
Gods love, do I intend to dilate.


Of Womans Excellency, with the causes of her
creation, and of the sympathie which ought to
be in man and wife each toward other.

The worke of Creation being finished, this
approbation thereof was given by God
himselfe, That “All was very good:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 1. 31. If All, then
Woman, who, excepting man, is the most excellent
creature under the Canopie of heaven.
But if it be objected by any.

1 Object. First, that woman, though created good,
yet by giving eare to Sathans temptations,
brought death & misery upon all her posterity.

2 Object. Secondly, That Adam was not deceived, but
that the woman was deceived, and was in the
transgression. INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Tim. 2. 14.

C2 Thirdly, C2v 4

3 Object. Thirdly, that Saint Paul saith, “It were good for
a man not to touch a woman.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.I. Cor. 7. 1.

4 Object. Fourthly, and lastly, that of Salomon, who
seemes to speake against all of our sex; “I have
found one man of a thousand, but a woman among
them all have I not found,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccles. 7. 30.
whereof in it due
place.

1 Object. answered.
To the first of these objections I answere; that
Sathan first assailed the woman, because where
the hedge is lowest, most easie it is to get over,
and she being the weaker vessell was with more
facility to be seduced: Like as a Cristall glasse
sooner receives a cracke then a strong stone
pot. Yet we shall finde the offence of Adam and
Eve almost to paralell: For as an ambitious
desire of being made like unto God, was the
motive which caused her to eate, so likewise was
it his; as may plainely appeare by that Ironica
“Behold, man is become as one of us:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3. 22. Not that hee
was so indeed; but heereby his desire to attaine
a greater perfection then God had given him,
was reproved. Woman sinned, it is true, by
her infidelitie in not beleeving the Word of
God, but giving credite to Sathans faire promises,
that shee should not die;” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3 4. but so did the
man too: And if Adam had not approoved
of that deed which Eve had done, and beene
willing to treade the steps which she had gone,
hee being her Head would have reproved her,
and have made the commandement a bit to restraine
him from breaking his Makers Injunction:on: C3r 5
For if a man burne his hand in the fire, the
bellowes that blowed the fire are not to be blamed,
but himselfe rather, for not being carefull
to avoyde the danger: Yet if the bellowes
had not blowed, the fire had not burnt; no
more is woman simply to bee condemned for
mans transgression: for by the free will, which
before his fall hee enjoyed, hee might have avoyded,
and beene free from beeing burnt,
or singed with that fire which was kindled by
Sathan, and blowne by Eve. It therefore served
not his turne a whit, afterwardes to say,
“The woman which thou gavest mee, gave mee of
the tree, and I did eate:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesi. 3. 12.
For a penalty was inflicted
upon him, as well as on the woman, the
punishment of her transgression being particular
to her owne sex, and to none but the female
kinde: but for the sinne of man the whole earth
was cursed. And he being better able, then the
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 3. 17. woman, to have resisted temptation, because
the stronger vessell, was first called to account,
to shew, that to whom much is given, of them
much is required; and that he who was the soveraigne
of all creatures visible, should have
yeelded greatest obedience to God.

True it is (as it already confessed) that woman
first sinned, yet finde wee no mention of
spirituall nakednesse till man had sinned: then
it is said, “Their eyes were opened,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 3. 7. the eies of their
mind and conscience; and then perceived they
themselves naked, that is, not onely bereft of C3 that C3v 6
that integritie, which they originally had, but
felt the rebellion & disobedience of their members
in the disordered motions of their now
corrupt nature, which made them for shame
to cover their nakednesse: then (and not afore)
is it said that they saw it, as if sinne were imperfect,
and unable to bring a deprivation of a blessing
received, or death on all mankind, till man
(in whom lay the active power of generation)
had transgressed. The offence therefore of Adam
and Eve is by Saint Austin thus distinguished,
“the man sinned against God and himselfe, the
woman against God, her selfe, and her husband”
: yet
in her giving of the fruit to eate had she no malicious
intent towardes him, but did therein
shew a desire to make her husband partaker of
that happinesse, which she thought by their eating
they should both have enjoyed. This her
giving Adam of that sawce, wherewith Sathan
had served her, whose sowrenesse afore he had
eaten, she did not perceive, was that, which
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Pet.Peter 3. 7. made her sinne to exceede his: wherefore, that
she might not of him, who ought to honour
her, be abhorred, the first promise that was
made in Paradise, God makes to woman, that
by her Seede should the Serpents head be broken:
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 3. 15. whereupon Adam calles her Hevah, “life”,
that as the woman had beene an occasion of
his sinne, so should woman bring foorth the
Saviour from sinne, which was in the fullnesse
of time accomplished; by which was manifested,sted, C4r 7
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Galat. 4 4. that he is a Saviour of beleeving women,
no lesse then of men, that so the blame of sinne
may not be imputed to his creature, which is
good; but to the will by which Eve sinned, and
yet by Christs assuming the shape of man was
it declared, that his mercie was equivalent to
both Sexes; so that by Herods blessed Seed (as
Saint Paul affirmes) it is brought to passe, that
“male and female are all one in Christ Jesus.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Galat. 3. 28.

2 Objection answered.
To the second objection I answer, That the
Apostle doth not heereby exempt man from
sinne, but onely giveth to understand, that the
woman was the primarie transgressour; and
not the man, but that man was not at all deceived,
was farre from his meaning: for he afterward
expresly saith, that as “in Adam all die, so
in Christ shall all be made alive.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Cor. 15. 22.

For the third objection, “It is good for a man” 3 Objection answered.

“not touch a woman”: The Apostle makes it not a
positive prohibition, but speakes it onelie because
of the Corinths present necessitie, who
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 Cor. 7. were then persecuted by the enemies of the
Church, for which cause, and no other, hee
saith, “Art thou loosed from a wife? seeke not a wife”:
meaning whilst the time of these perturbations
should continue in their heate; “but if thou art
bound, seeke not to be loosed: if thou marriest, thou
sinnest not”
, only increasest thy care: “for the married
careth for the things of this world, And I
wish that you were without care, that yee might
cleave fast unto the Lord without separation: For the C4v 8
the time remaineth, that they which have wives be
as though they had none”
: for the persecuters shall
deprive you of them, eyther by imprisonment,
banishment, or death; so that manifest it is, that
the Apostle doth not heereby forbid marriage,
but onely adviseth the Corinths to forbeare a
while, till God in mercie should curbe the fury
of their adversaries. For (as Eusebius writeth)
Paul was afterward married himselfe, the which
is very probable, being that interrogatively he
saith, “Have we not power to leade about a wife, being
a sister, as well as the rest of the Apostles, and
as the brethren of the Lord and Cephas?” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1.Corint. 9. 5.

The fourth and last objection, is that of Salomon,
“I have found one man among a thousand,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ecclel. 7. 30. but a woman among them all have I not found:” 4 Object answered.
for
answere of which, if we looke into the storie of
his life, wee shall finde therein a Commentary
upon this enigmaticall Sentence included: for
it is there said, that Salomon had seven hundred
wives, and three hundred concubines, which
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1 King. 11. 3. number connexed make one thousand. These
women turning his heart away from being perfect
with the Lord his God, sufficient cause
had hee to say, that among the said thousand
Pagnine. women found he not one upright. Hee saith
not, that among a thousand women never any
man found one worthy of commendation, but
speakes in the first person singularly, “I have not
found”
, meaning in his own experience: for this
assertion is to be holden a part of the confession of D1r 9
of his former follies, and no otherwise, his repentance
being the intended drift of Ecclesiastes.

Thus having (by Gods assistance) removed
those stones, whereat some have stumbled, others
broken their shinnes, I will proceede toward
the period of my intended taske, which is,
to decipher the excellency of women: of whose
Creation I will, for orders sake observe; First,
the efficient cause, which was God; Secondly,
the materiall cause, or that whereof shee was
made; Thirdly, the formall cause, or fashion,
and proportion of her feature; Fourthly and
lastly, the finall cause, the end or purpose for
which she was made. To beginne with the first.

The efficient cause of womans creation, was
Jehovah the Eternall; the truth of which is manifest
in Moses his narration of the sixe dayes
workes, where he saith, “God created them male
and female:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 1. 28.
And David exhorting all “the earth
to sing unto the Lord”
; meaning, by a Metonimie,
earth, all creatures that live on the earth,
of what nation or Sex soever, gives this reason,
“For the Lord hath made us.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal.100.3. That worke then can
not chuse but be good, yea very good, which is
wrought by so excellent a workeman as the
Lord: for he being a glorious Creator, must
needes effect a worthie creature. Bitter water
can not proceede from a pleasant sweete fountaine,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal.100.4. nor bad worke from that workman which
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Math.19.17. is perfectly good, & in proprietie, none but he.

D Secondly, D1v 10

Secondly, the materiall cause, or matter
whereof woman was made, was of a refined
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 2.7. mould, if I may so speake: for man was created
of the dust of the earth, but woman was made
of a part of man, after that he was a living soule:
yet was shee not produced from Adams foote,
to be his too low inferiour; nor from his head
to be his superiour, but from his side, neare his
heart, to be his equall; that where he is Lord,
she may be Lady: and therefore saith God concerning
man and woman jointly, “Let them rule
over the fish of the Sea, and over the foules of the
Heaven, and over every beast that moveth upon the
earth:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 1.26.
By which words, he makes their authority
equall, and all creatures to be in subjection
unto them both. This being rightly considered,
doth teach men to make such account of
their wives, as Adam did of Eve, “This is bone of
my bone, and flesh of my flesh:” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 2. 23.
As also, that they
neyther doe or wish any more hurt unto them,
then unto their owne bodies: for men ought
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ephes. 5. 28. to love their wives as themselves, because hee
that loves his wife, loves himselfe: And never
man hated his owne flesh (which the woman
is) unlesse a monster in nature.

Thirdly, the formall cause, fashion, and proportion
of woman was excellent: For she was
neyther like the beasts of the earth, foules of
the ayre, fishes of the Sea, or any other inferiour
creature, but Man was the onely object,
which she did resemble. For as God gave man a D2r 11
a lofty countenance, that hee might looke up
toward Heaven, so did he likewise give unto
woman. And as the temperature of mans body
is excellent, so is womans. For whereas other
Creatures, by reason of their grosse humours,
have excrements for their habite, as
foules, their feathers, beasts, their haire, fishes,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen.1. 26. their scales, man and woman onely, have their
skinne cleare and smoothe. And (that more is)
in the Image of God were they both created;
yea and to be briefe, all the parts of their bodies,
both externall and internall, were correspondent
and meete each for other.

Fourthly and lastly, the finall cause, or end,
for which woman was made, was to glorifie
God, and to be a collaterall companion for
man to glorifie God, in using her bodie, and
all the parts, powers, and faculties thereof, as
instruments for his honour: As with her voice
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Exod. 15. 20. to sound foorth his prayses, like Meriam, and
the rest of her company; with her tongue not
to utter words of strife, but to give good councell
unto her husband, the which hee must not
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 21. 12 despise. For Abraham was bidden to give eare
to Sarah his wife. Pilate was willed by his wife
not to have anie hand in the condemning of
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Math. 27. 19. Christ; and a sinne it was in him, that hee
listned not to her: Leah and Rachel councelled
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Genesis 31. 16. Jaacob to do according to the word of the Lord:
and the Shunamite put her husband in mind of
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2 Kings 4. 9. harbouring the Prophet Elisha: her hands shold D2 be D2v 12
be open according to her abilitie, in contributing
towards Gods service, and distressed servants,
like to that poore widdow, which cast
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 8. two mites into the Treasurie; and as Marie
Magdalen, Susanna, and Joanna the wife of Herods
Steward, with many other, which of their
substance ministred unto Christ. Her heart
should be a receptacle for Gods Word, like
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 1. 51. Mary that treasured up the sayings of Christ
in her heart. Her feete should be swift in going
to seeke the Lord in his Sanctuarie, as Marie
Magdalen
made haste to seeke Christ at
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 20. 1. his Sepulchre. Finally, no power externall or
internall ought woman to keep idle, but to imploy
it in some service of God, to the glorie
of her Creator, and comfort of her owne
soule.

The other end for which woman was made,
was to be a Companion and helper for man; and
if she must be an helper, and but an helper, then
are those husbands to be blamed, which lay
the whole burthen of domesticall affaires and
maintenance on the shoulders of their wives.
For, as yoake-fellowes they are to sustayne
part of echeach others cares, griefs, and calamities:
But as if two Oxen be put in one yoke, the one
being bigger then the other, the greater beares
most weight; so the Husband being the stronger
vessell is to beare a greater burthen then his
wife; And therefore the Lord said to Adam,
“In the sweate of thy face shalt thou eate thy bread, till D3r 13
till thou returne to the dust.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 3. 19.
And Saint Paul saith
“That he that provideth not for his houshold is
worse then an Infidel.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Tim. 5. 8.
Nature hath taught senselesse
creatures to helpe one another; as the
Male Pigeon, when his Hen is weary with sitting
on her egges, and comes off from them,
supplies her place, that in her absence they may
receive no harme, untill such time as she is fully
refreshed. Of small Birds the Cocke alwaies
helpes his Hen to build her nest; and while she
sits upon her egges, he flies abroad to get meat
for her, who cannot then provide any for her
selfe. The crowing Cockrell helpes his Hen to
defend her Chickens from perill, and will indanger
himselfe to save her and them from
harme. Seeing then that these unreasonable
creatures, by the instinct of nature, beare such
affection each to other, that without any
grudge, they willingly, according to their kind,
helpe one another, I may reason à minore ad
maius
, that much more should man and woman,
which are reasonable creatures, be helpers
each to other in all things lawfull, they having
the Law of God to guide them, his Word to
bee a Lanthorne unto their feete, and a Light
unto their pathes, by which they are excited to
a farre more mutuall participation of each
others burthen, then other creatures. So that
neither the wife may say to her husband, nor the
husband unto his wife, I have no need of thee,
no more then the members of the body may D3 so D3v 14
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Cor. 12. 21. so say each to other, betweene whom there is
such a sympathie, that if one member suffer,
all suffer with it: Therefore though God bade
Abraham forsake his Countrey and Kindred,
yet he bade him not forsake his wife, who being
“Flesh of his flesh, and bone of his bone”, was to bee
copartner with him of whatsoever did betide
him, whether joy or sorrow. Wherefore Salomon
saith, “Woe to him that is alone;” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccles 4. 10. for when
thoughts of discomfort, troubles of this world,
and feare of dangers do possesse him, he wants
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Eccles 4. 10. a companion to lift him up from the pit of perplexitie,
into which hee is fallen: for a good
wife, saith Plautus, is the wealth of the minde,
and the welfare of the heart; and therefore a
meete associate for her husband; And “Woman,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Cor. 11. 7.
saith Paul, “is the glorie of the man.”

Marriage is a merri-age, and this worlds Paradise,
where there is mutuall love. Our blessed
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 2. Saviour vouchsafed to honour a marriage with
the first miracle that he wrought, unto which
miracle matrimoniall estate may not unfitly bee
resembled: For as Christ turned water into
wine, a farre more excellent liquor; which, as
the Psalmist saith, “Makes glad the heart of man;” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Psal,104.15.
So the single man is by marriage changed from
a Batchelour to a Husband, a farre more excellent
title: from a solitarie life unto a joyfull union
and conjunction, with such a creature as
God hath made meete for man, for whom none
was meete till she was made. The enjoying of this D4r 155
this great blessing made Pericles more unwilling
to part from his wife, then to die for his Countrie;
And Antonius Pius to poure forth that patheticall
exclamation against death, for depriving
him of his deerely beloved wife, “O cruell
hard-hearted death in bereaving mee of her whom
I esteemed more then my owne life!”
“A vertuous
woman,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prou.12.4.
saith Salomon, “is the Crowne of her husband;”
By which metaphor hee sheweth both the
excellencie of such a wife, and what account
her husband is to make of her: For a King doth
not trample his Crowne under his feete, but
highly esteemes of it, gently handles it, and
carefully laies it up, as the evidence of his
Kingdome; and therefore when David destroyed
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Chron. 20. 2. Rabbah hee tooke off the Crowne from their
Kings head: So husbands should not account
their wives as their vassals, but as those that are
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Pet. 3. 7. heires together of the grace of life, and with
all lenitie and milde perswasions set their feete
in the right way, if they happen to tread awry,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Sam. 1. 17. bearing with their infirmities, as Elkanah did
with his wives barrennesse.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Math. 22. The Kingdome of God is compared unto
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rev. 19. 7. the marriage of a Kings sonne: John calleth the
conjunction of Christ and his Chosen, a Marriage:
And not few, but many times, doth our
blessed Saviour in the Canticles, set forth his
unspeakable love towards his Church under
the title of an Husband rejoycing with his
Wife; and often vouchsafeth to call her his Sister D4v 16
Sister and Spouse, by which is shewed that
with “God is no respect of persons,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 2. 11. Nations, or
Sexes: For whosoever, whether it be man or
woman, that doth beleeve in the Lord Jesus, such
shall bee saved.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John. 3. 18. And if Gods love even from
the beginning, had not beene as great toward
woman as to man, then would hee not have preserved
from the deluge of the old world as many
women as men; nor would Christ after his
Resurrection have appeared unto a woman first
of all other, had it not beene to declare thereby,
that the benefites of his death and resurrection,
are as availeable, by beleefe, for women
as for men; for hee indifferently died for the one
sex as well as the other: Yet a truth ungainesayable
is it, that the “Man is the Womans Head;” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Cor. 11. 3. by
which title yet of Supremacie, no authoritie
hath hee given him to domineere, or basely
command and imploy his wife, as a servant; but
hereby is he taught the duties which hee oweth
unto her: For as the head of a man is the imaginer
and contriver of projects profitable for the
safety of his whole body; so the Husband must
protect and defend his Wife from injuries: For
he is her “Head, as Christ is the Head of his Church,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ephe. 5. 23.
which hee entirely loveth, and for which hee
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Job 2. 4. gave his very life; the deerest thing any man
hath in this world; “Greater love then this hath no
man, when he bestoweth his life for his friend,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.John 15. 13.

saith our Saviour: This president passeth all
other patternes, it requireth great benignity, and E1r 17
and enjoyneth an extraordinary affection, “For
men must love their wives, even as Christ loved his
Church.”
Secondly, as the Head doth not jarre
or contend with the members, which “being many,”
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Cor. 12. 20.
as the Apostle saith, “yet make but one bodie”; no
more must the husband with the wife, but expelling
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Col. 3. 19. all bitternesse and cruelty hee must live
with her lovingly, and religiously, honouring
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Pet. 3. 7. her as the weaker vessell. Thirdly, and lastly, as
hee is her Head, hee must, by instruction, bring
her to the knowledge of her Creator, that so
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Cor. 14. 35. she may be a fit stone for the Lords building.
Women for this end must have an especiall
care to set their affections upon such as are able
to teach them, that as they “grow in yeares, they
may grow in grace, and in the knowledge of Christ
Jesus
our Lord.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.1. Pet. 3. 18.

Thus if men would remember the duties
they are to performe in being heads, some
would not stand a tip-toe as they doe, thinking
themselves Lords & Rulers, and account every
omission of performing whatsoever they command,
whether lawfull or not, to be matter of
great disparagement, and indignity done them;
whereas they should consider, that women are
enjoyned to submit themselves unto their husbands
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Ephes 5. no otherwaies then as to the Lord; so that
from hence, for man, ariseth a lesson not to bee
forgotten, that as the Lord commandeth nothing
to be done, but that which is right and
good, no more must the husband; for if a wife E fulfill E1v 18
fulfill the evill command of her husband, shee
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Actes 5. 2. obeies him as a tempter, as Saphira did Ananias.
But least I should seeme too partiall in praysinng
women so much as I have (though no more
then warrant from Scripture doth allow) I adde
to the premises, that I say not, all women are
vertuous, for then they should be more excellent
then men, sith of Adams sonnes there was
Cain as well as Abel, and of Noahs, Cham as well
as Sem; so that of men as of women, there are
two sorts, namely, good and bad, which in
Mathew the five and twenty chapter, are comprehended
under the name of Sheepe and Goats.
And if women were not sinfull, then should
they not need a Saviour: but the Virgin Mary a
patterne of piety, “rejoyced in God her Saviour:
Ergo,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 1. 47.
she was a sinner. In the Revelation the
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Zach. 5. 7. Church is called the Spouse of Christ; and in
Zachariah, wickednesse is called a woman, to
shew that of women there are both godly and
ungodly: For Christ would not “Purge his Floore”
if there were not Chaffe among the Wheate;
nor should gold neede to bee fined, if among
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 18. 25. it there were no drosse. But farre be it from any
one, to condemne the righteous with the wicked,
or good women with the bad (as the Bayter
of women doth:) For though there are some
scabbed sheepe in a Flocke, we must not therefore
conclude all the rest to bee mangie: And
though some men, through excesse, abuse Gods
creatures, wee must not imagine that all men are E2r 19
are Gluttons; the which wee may with as good
reason do, as condemne all women in generall,
for the offences of some particulars. Of the
good sort is it that I have in this booke spoken,
and so would I that all that reade it should so
understand me: for if otherwise I had done, I
should have incurred that woe, which by the
Prophet Isaiah is pronounced against them
that speake well of evill,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Esay 5. 20. and should
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prou. 17. 15. have justified the wicked, which
thing is abhominable to
the Lord.”

E2 The E2v


The Epilogue or upshut of the premises.

Great was the unthankefulnesse of Pharaohs
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 40. 23. Butler unto Joseph; for though hee had
done him a great pleasure, of which the
Butler promised requitall, yet was hee quite
forgotten of him: But farre greater is the ingratitude
of those men toward God, that dare presume
to speake and exclaime against Woman,
whom God did create for mans comfort. What
greater discredit can redound to a workeman,
then to have the man, for whom hee hath made
it, say, it is naught? or what greater discurtesie
can be offered to one, that bestoweth a
gift, then to have the receiver give out, that
hee cares not for it: For he needes it not? And
what greater ingratitude can bee shewed unto
God then the opprobrious speeches and disgracefull
invectives, which some diabolicall
natures doe frame against women?

Ingratitude is, and alwayes hath beene accounted
so odious a vice, that Cicero saith, “If
one doubt what name to give a wicked man, let him
call him an ungratefull person, and then hee hath
said enough.”
It was so detested among the Persians,
as that by a Law they provided, that such
should suffer death as felons, which prooved unthanke- E3r
unthankefull for any gift received. And “Love” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Rom. 13. 10.
(saith the Apostle) “is the fulfilling of the Lawe”:
But where Ingratitude is harbored, there Love
is banished. Let men therefore beware of all
unthankefulnesse, but especially of the superlative
ingratitude, that which is towards God,
which is no way more palpably declared, then
by the contemning of, and rayling against women,
which sinne, of some men (if to be termed
men) no doubt but God will one day avenge,
when they shall plainely perceive, that
it had been better for them to have been borne
dumbe and lame, then to have used their tongs
and hands, the one in repugning, the other in
writing against Gods handie worke, their owne
flesh, women I meane, whom God hath made
equall with themselves in dignity, both temporally
and eternally, if they continue in the faith:
which God for his mercie sake graunt they alwayes
may, to the glory of their Creator, and
comfort of their owne soules, through Christ
Amen.


To God onely wise be glorie now and for
ever, Amen.
E3 E3v
E4r


Certaine
Quæres
to the bayter of
Women.

With
Confutation

of some part of his Diabolicall
Discipline.

London,
Printed by N. O. for Thomas Archer,
and are to be sold at his shop in
Popes-head-Pallace.
16171617.

E4v F1r

To the Reader.

Although (curteous Reader)
I am young in yeares, and
more defective in knowledge,
that little smattering
in Learning which I
have obtained, being only
the fruit of such vacant
houres, as I could spare from affaires befitting
my Sex, yet am I not altogether ignorant of
that Analogie which ought to be used in a literate
Responsarie: But the Beare-bayting of
Women, unto which I have framed my Apologeticall
answere, beeing altogether without
methode, irregular, without Grammaticall
Concordance, and a promiscuous mingle
mangle, it would admit no such order to bee
observed in the answering thereof, as a regular
Respousarie requireth.

Wherfore (gentle Reader) favorably cōsider,
that as that Painter is not to be held unskilfull,
which having a deformed Object, makes the
like portraiture; no more am I justly to be blamed
for my immethodicall Apologie, sith any
judicious Reader may plainely see, that the
Bayter of Women his pestiferous obtrectation
is like a Taylers Cushion, that is botcht togetherF gether F1v
of shreddes, so that, were it not to
prevent future infection with that venome,
which he hath, and daily doth sweate out, I
would have beene loath to have spent time so
idlely, as to answere it at all: but a crooked
pot-lid well enough fits a wrie-neckt pot, an
unfashioned shooe a mis-shapen foote, and an
illiterate answere an unlearned irreligious provocation.
His absurdities therein contayned,
are so many, that to answere them severally,
were as frivolous a worke, as to make a Trappe
for a Flea, and as tedious as the pursuite of an
Arrow to an impotent man. Yet to prevent
his having occasion to say, that I speake of many,
but can instance none, I have thought it
meete to present a few of them to his view, as
followeth, that if Follie have taken roote in
him, he may seeke to extirpate it, and to blush
at the sight of that fruit, which he hath already
brought foorth; a fruite I call it (not unfitly I
hope) because a Crabbe may so be termed, as
well as a good Apple. Thus, not doubting of
the favour of well affected, and of their kinde
acceptance of my indevours, of which I desire
not applaud, but approbation: I rest,


Your friend,

Rachel Speght.

The F2r


¶The Preface unto the
Subsequuent.

“With edged tooles” (saith the
old Proverbe) “it is ill sporting;”
but farre more dangerous:
yea damnable is
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hebr. 4. 12. it to dally with Scripture,
the two-edged Sword of
the Eternall: for so to doe
is a breach of the third
Commandement; “and he
that failes in one point, is guiltie of all.” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.James 2. 10.
If the
magnitude of this sinne had beene considered by the
Bayter of Women, the lamentable, yet just reward
thereof, as of all other sinnes without repentance,
would, if he had but a servile feare, have restrained
him from transgressing herein. But as one devoide
of all true feare of Gods indignation against
wilfull sinners (for as ignorance doth somewhat
extenuate a fault, so doth knowledge much aggravate
it) he hath made the exordium of his brainesicke
exhalation against women, to be a perverting
of a part of holy Writ; ex unguibus leonem, judge
of this Lion by his pawe. For if the fore foot be monstrous,
doubtlesse the whole bodie is correspondent F2 thereto. F2v
thereto. The Porch indeede is fowle, but hee that
viewes the sequel, as I have done, shall find a laystall
of heathenish Assertions, Similies, and Examples,
illiterate composition, irreligious invectives,
and (which is worst) impious blasphemies therein
included, filthy rubbish, more fitte to be heaped up
by a Pagan, then one that beareth the name of a
Christian.

But lest it should not onely be thought, but also
said, that I finde fault where none is; or that I do
ill to mislike the Worke, and not make the Author
therewith acquainted, that if he please, hee may
answer for himselfe: I thinke it not amisse to propose
some few Quæres unto the Bayter of Women,
which I have abstracted out of his infamous Booke,
as himselfe confesseth it to be in his Epistle to Women.

Cer- F3r 29


Certaine Quæres to the Bayter
of Women,

with Confutation of
some Part of his Diabolicall
Discipline.

If it bee true, asse you affirme,
Pag. 2. line 26. That
“women will not give thankes for a good turne.”

I demand whether Deborah
and Hannah were not
women, who both of them
sang hymnes of thankesgiving
unto the Lord; the one for his mercy in
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& 2. 1.
other for his favourable giving unto her a son,
which she full oft and earnestly had desired?

And where-asse you say, Page 4. line 22. “that
a woman that hath a faire face, it is ever matched
with a cruel heart, and her heavenly lookes with
hellish thoughts:”
You therein shew your selfe a F3 con- F3v 30
contradictor of Scriptures presidents: For Abigail
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18.
was a beautifull woman, and tenderhearted;
Rebekah was both faire of face and
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 24. 16. 18. pittifull. Many examples serving to confute
your universall rule might bee produced, but
these are sufficient to dispell this your cloud of
untruth. As for your audacitie in judging of
womens thoughts, you thereby shew your selfe
an usurper against the King of heaven, the true
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Math. 12. 25. knowledge of cogitations being appropriate
unto him alone.

If your assertion, That “a woman is better lost
then found, better forsaken then taken”
(Page 5.
line 4.) be to be credited, me thinkes, great pitty
it is, that afore you were borne, there was
none so wise as to counsell your father not to
meddle with a woman, that hee might have escaped
those troubles, which you affirme, that
all married men are cumbred with, Page 2. line
20. As also that hee might not have begotten
such a monster in nature Asse your selfe, who
(like the Priest which forgot he was Parish
Clearke) defame and exclaime against women,
as though your selfe had never had a mother, or
you never beene a child.

You affirme (Page 10. line 18.) that “for the
love of women, David purchased the displeasure of
his God”
: It had beene good that you had cited
the place of story where you finde it, For I never
yet in Scripture read, that the Almighty
was displeased with David for his love to women,men, F4r 31
but for his lust to Bathsheba, which afterward
brought forth his adulterous act, and his
causing Uriah to be murthered.

In saying (Page 10. line. 25.) that Jobs wife
counselled her husband to curse God,” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2. Sam. 11.
you misconster
the Text; for the true construction thereof
will shew it to bee a Scarcasmus or Ironicall
speech, and not an instigation to blasphemie.

Page 11. line 8. you count it “Wonderfull to see
the mad feates of women, for shee will now bee
merry, then sad”
: but me thinkes it is farre more
wonder-foole to have one, that adventures to
make his Writing as publique as an In-keepers
Signe, which hangs to the view of all passengers,
to want Grammaticall Concordance in
his said Writing, and joyne together Women
plurall, and shee singular, Asse you not onely in
this place, but also in others have done.

Albeit the Scripture verifieth, that God
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2. 22. made woman and brought her to man; and that
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Prou. 19. 14. a prudent wife commeth of the Lord: yet have
you not feared blasphemously to say, “that women
sprung from the divell”
, Page 15. line 26.
But being, as it seemes, defective in that whereof
you have much need (for mendacem oportet
esse memorem
) you suddainely after say, That
“women were created by God, and formed by nature,
and therefore by policie and wisedome to be avoyded,”
Page 16. line 12. An impious conclusion
to inferre, that because God created, therefore
to be avoyded: Oh intollerable absurdity!

Men F4v 32 “Men I say may live without women, but women
cannot live without men”
, Page 14. line 18. If any
Religious Author had thus affirmed, I should
have wondred, that unto Satans suggestions
he had so much subjected himselfe, as to crosse
the Almighties providence and care for mans
good, who positively said, “It is not good for man
to bee alone;” INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Gen. 2. 18.
But being that the sole testimony
heereof is your owne dico, I marvell no whit at
the errour, but heartily wish, that unto all the
untruths you have uttered in your infamous
booke, you had subscribed your Dico, that none
of them might bee adjudged truths: For mendacis
præmium est verbis eius non adhiberi fidem
.

Page 17. line 5. you affirme, that “Hosea was
brought unto Idolatrie by marrying with a lewd
woman”
, which is as true as the sea burnes; and for
proofe thereof you cite INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Hosea I. in which chapter
is no such matter to be found, it onely containing
a declaration of the Lords anger against
the adulterous Jewes, who had gone
a whoring after other Gods, set forth in a parable
of an husband and an adulterous wife.

Page 19. “Theodora a monstrous strumpet, Lavia,
Floria, and Lais, were three notable Curtizans.”

“Was not that noble Citie of Troy, sacked and
spoyled for the faire Helena?”
Page 21. “Therefore
stay not alone in the company of a woman, trusting
to thy owne chastity, except thou bee more strong
then Sampson, more wise then Salomon, or more holy G1r 33
holy then David, for these, and many more have
beene overcome by the sweete intisements of women,”
Page 22.

INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Luke 23. 19. I may as well say Barrabas was a murtherer,
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2. Sam. 3. 27. Joab killed Abnner and Amasa, and Pharaoh Necho
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slew Josiah; therefore stay not alone in the
INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.2. King 23. 29. companie of a man, trusting to thy owne
strength, except thou bee stronger then Josiah,
and more valiant then Abner and Amasa, for
these and many more have beene murthered by
men. The forme of argumentation is your
owne, the which if you dislike, blame your
selfe for proposing such a patterne, and blush at
your owne folly, Quod te posse non facile credo:
for it is an old saying, how true I know not, that
blushing is a signe of grace.

Page 31. line 15. “If God had not made women
onely to bee a plague to man, hee would never have
called them necessarie evils.”
Albeit I have not
read Seaton or Ramus, nor so much as seene
(though heard of) Aristotles Arganox, yet by
that I have seene and reade in compasse of my
apprehension, I will adventure to frame an argument
or two, to shew what danger, for this
your blasphemy your are in.

To fasten a lie upon God is blasphemy: But
the Bayter of women fastens a lie upon God:
ergo, the Bayter is a blasphemer.

“The Proposition, I trowe, none will gaine-say, the
assumption I thus prove”
,

Whosoever affirmes God to have called womenG men G1v 34
necessary evils, fastens a lie upon God: For
from the beginning of Genesis to the end of the
Revelation is no such instance to be found: But
the Bayter affirmes God so to have called women,
Ergo, the Bayter fastens a lie upon God.


The reward according to Law Divine due
unto the Bayter of women.

Whosoever blasphemeth God, ought by his
Law, to die; The Bayter of Women hath blasphemed
God, Ergo, he ought to die the death.

The Proposition is upon record, INTERNAL ERROR. Please report to wwp@neu.edu that regMe is unmatched.Levit. 24. 14. 16.
The Assumption is formerly proved.

“If thou marryest a still and a quiet woman, that
will seeme to thee that thou ridest but an ambling
horse to hell, but if with one that is froward and
unquiet, then thou wert as good ride a trotting
horse to the divell.”
Page 35. line 13.

If this your affirmation be true, then seemes
it, that hell is the period of all married mens
travailes, and the center of their circumference.
A man can but have either a good wife or a bad;
and if he have the former, you say he doth but
seeme to amble to hell; if the latter, he were as
good trot to the divell: But if married men
ride, how travaile Batchelours? surely, by your
rule they must go on foote, because they want
wives; which (inclusively) you say are like horses
to carry their husbands to hell. Wherefore
in my minde, it was not without mature considerationderation G2r 35
that you married in time, because it
would be too irksome for you to travaile so tedious
a journey on foote.

“Now the fire is kindled, let us burne this other
faggot.”
Page 38. line 4.

Beware of making too great a fire, lest the
surplussage of that fires effect which you intended
for others, singe your selfe.

“Shee will make thee weare an Oxe feather in
thy Cappe.”
Page 44. line 4.

If Oxen have feathers, their haires more fitly
may be so termed then their hornes.

Page 50. line 28. “There is no joy nor pleasure in
this world which may be compared to Marriage, for
if the husband be poore and in adversitie, then hee
beares but the one halfe of the griefe: and furthermore,
his wife will comfort him, with all the comfortable
meanes she can devise.”

Page 51. line 16. “Many are the joyes and sweete
pleasures in Marriage, as in our children, &c.”

Page 34. line 5. “There are many troubles comes
gallopping at the heeles of a woman. If thou wert a
Servant, or in bondage afore, yet when thou marriest,
thy toyle is never the nearer ended, but even
then, and not before, thou changest thy golden
life, which thou didst leade before (in respect of
the married) for a droppe of hony, which quickely
turnes to be as bitter as wormewood.”

Page 53. line 19. “The husband ought (in signe
of love) to impart his secrets and counsell unto his
wife, for many have found much comfort and profiteG2 fite G2v 36
by taking their wives counsell; and if thou impart
any ill happe to thy wife, shee lighteneth thy
griefe, either by comforting thee lovingly, or else,
in bearing a part thereof patiently.”

Page 41. line 12. “If thou unfouldest any thing
of secret to a woman, the more thou chargest her to
keepe it close, the more shee will seeme, as it were,
with childe, till shee have revealed it.”

It was the saying of a judicious Writer, that
whoso makes the fruit of his cogitations extant
to the view of all men, should have his worke
to be as a well tuned Instrument, in all places
according and agreeing, the which I am sure
yours doth not: For how reconcile you those
dissonant places above cited? or how make you
a consonant diapason of those discords wanting
harmony?

Page 34. line 19. You counsell all men, to
shunne idlenesse”, and yet the first words of your
Epistle to Women are these, “musing with my
selfe being idle”
: Heerein you appeare, not unlike
unto a Fencer, which teacheth another how
to defend himselfe from enemies blowes, and
suffers himselfe to be stricken without resistance:
for you warne others, to eschew that
dangerous vice, wherewith (by your owne confession)
your selfe is stained.

Page 57. line 5. “If thou like not my reasons to
expell love, then thou mayest trie Ovids Art, for
he counsells those that feele this horrible heate to
coole their flames with hearbes which are colde of nature G3r 37
nature as Rew, &c.”

Albeit you doubt not but by some to be reputed
for a good Archer, yet heere you shot
wide from the truth, in saying without contradiction
of Ovids errour, that Rew is of a cold
nature: For most Physitions (if not all) both
ancient and moderne, holde it to be hote and
drie in the third degree: and experience will
tell the user thereof, that the temperature is
hote, not colde. And though the sense of tasting,
without further triall, doth repell this errour,
I doubt not but in citing this prescription,
you have verified the opinion of that philosopher,
which said, That there are some, who
thinke they speake wisest, and write most judiciously,
when they understand not themselves.

But, ut opus ad finem perducam, sith I have
trode my utmost intended steppe, though left
one path ungone, I meane the Beare-bayting
of Widdowes
unviewed, in that I am ignorant
of their dispositions, accounting it a follie for
me to talke of Robin-hood, as many doe, that
never shot in his Bowe, I leave the speculation
(with approbation of their Beare-bayting)
to those that regard neyther affabilitie nor humanitie,
and wishing unto every such Misogunes,
a Tiburne Tiffenie for curation of his
swolne necke, which onely through a Cynicall
inclination will not indure the yoke of lawfull
Matrimony, I bid farewell.

G3 F ret G3v 38

F ret, fume, or frumpe at me who will, I care not,

I will thrust forth thy sting to hurt, and spare not:

N ow that the taske I undertooke is ended,

I dread not any harme to me intended,

S ith justly none therein I have offended.

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