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THE BACK'S COMPLAINT
19   Farwell good fellowes more and lesse, No tongue is able to expresse,
The wofull wants that dayly hitte, on them that keepe good fellowship.
20   Some that were famous throw all parts, For workmanship and skill in Arts: Hath beggery cought vpon the hippe,
for keeping of good fellowship.
21    Some that haue had possessions store, Lands, goods, and cattell, few had more: But lands, & goods, oxe, horse, and sheepe,
were wasted by good fellowship.
11 Many examples are dayly seene,
Of such that haue good fellowes beene, Bacchus braue souldiers, stout and stiffe, which now lament good fellowship.
23   And to conclud the sin is such,
The wise man sayes, none shall be ritch Except he shun that bitter sweete, which drunkards call, good fellowship.
24   Then learne this vice for to refraine, The onely cause of griefe and paine: Least yee like me in sorrow sit,
lamenting of good fellowship.
Per me Edward Culter. Printed at London by W.I.
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