Y-ere meaning

1709, Robert Gould, A Satyr against the Pride, Luſt, and Inconſtancy, &c. of Woman, page #8.

Rivers adorn the Earth ; the Fiſh, the Seas ;

Flowers and Graſs, the Meadows ; Fruit and Trees ;

The Starts, the Fields of Air thro’ which they ride ;

And Woman all the Works of God beſide ;

Yet baſe detracting Envy won’t allow.

They ſhould adorn themſelves ; then pray, Sir, now.

Produce ſome reaſons why y’ere ſo ſevere ;

For envious as you are, you know they’re Fair.

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