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Black-letter Broadside Ballads Of The years 1595-1639

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THE BACK'S COMPLAINT
12   Ten thousand misseries alacke, Fall's both on bodie and on backe: As ancient writters, large haue write,
to warne vs from good fellowship.
13   r I ''His sad complaint when I did heare
A Vewing my back, I see it was beare: And cheifest cause I knew of it, was keeping oi good fellowship.
14   Being much moued at the same, A solemne oath then did I frame: This hainious wrong, for to aquite,
to bid farwell good fellowship.
15   And therefore here I bid farwell, To that which once I lou'd to well: Henceforth I will in compasse keepe,
therefore farwell good fellowship.
16   Farwell all such as take delight,
To drinke and gousell day and night: Their sole sicke healths, & healthles whiff and causes the same good fellowship.
17   Farwell all such that dayly vse, Themselues and others to abuse: Intising all that they do meete,
with them to keepe good fellowship.
18    Farwell all such that well are knowne, To haue a charge to keepe at home: As wife, and child, yet from them flitt
and fly out to good fellowship.
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