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JOHN SPENSER, A CHESHIRE GALLANT
17   / spent my time in Ryoting,
and proudly led my life, I had my choyce of damsels fayre,
what card I for my wife, If once she came to intreat me home,
Vd kick her out of doors, Indeed I would be ruld by none,
but by intising whores.
18   At length being pledging of a Glasse,
my hopes I did confound: And in my rag1 If eld my friend,
with one blow to the ground. For this offence, he being dead,
and I in Prison cast: Most voyd of hopes this rashing hand
hath Spensers name disgrast.
19   None but my wife will visit me,
for those I lou'd before, Being in this sad extremytie,
will visit me no more. No helpe I find from these false friends,
no food to inrich my life: Now doe I find the difference true,
twixt them and a constant wife.
20   But she poore soule, by my bad meanes,
is quit bereft of all: She playes the part of a Constant wife,
although her helpes be small. Young men, youngmen, take heed by me
shun Dangers, Brawles, and Strife: For though he fell against my will,
I for it loose my life.
21    O Hue like men and not like me,
of no good giftes be proud:
1 I.e. rage. 261
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