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27 The backus complaint
Pepys, i, 446, B.L., five woodcuts, four columns.
"The backes complaint for the bellyes wronge" was licensed to Cuth-bert Wright on July 10, 1622, and, again, on July 18, 1623 (Arber's Transcript, iv, 74, 101). Edward Culter appears to be unknown save by this one production. Professor Kittredge suggests a comparison with "The Back and the Belly" in Songs. By Thomas Hudson, London, 1820, pp. 9-10 (Second Collection), which begins:
A story I'm going to tell ye, Which if you'll attend to, you'll hear in a crack;
*Tis about a man's hungry belly Conversing along with his back.
To the tune of A, B, C.
1    GOod fellowes all to you I send, These verses which in loue I pend: Desiring you will compasse keepe,
and bid farwell good fellowship.
2    I once did beare a good fellowes name, And still am counted for the same: But now my vow is ingaged deepe,
to bid farwell good fellowship.
3   I haue beene of that sett so long,
Till backe complaines of bellies wrong: With great exclaimes in euery street, to make me leaue good fellowship.
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