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13   When you in your shop should be plying your worke, In some scuruy blinde Alehouse you all day doe lurke, More like than a Christian to some lew or Turke: If thus you neglect your liuing and worke,
I tell you, &c.
14   Be rul'd by my counsell, good husband, I pray, For 'twill1 be your owne I'm sure another day: Yet, if you please Hue full well you may,
But if you persist in your drinking and play, / tell you, &c.
15   You know, you haue wasted away a good Farme, And now we want firing for to keepe vs warme, Besides a good house for to shelter a storme:
I giue not this counsell vnto you for harme: / tell you, &c.
16   Giue ouer in time your scuruy base whores,
For feare they should fill you with scars & with sores And laboure besides to pay your old scores : If whores still you follow, with company that rores, / tell you, &c.
17   You see that the ould yeare is almost quite spent,2 The new one is comming, good Iohn then repent Your wicked old follies, and with one consent, Your downe-sinking state with care to preuent.
/ tell you, &c.
18   Some that haue enough, at Gods blessings repine, But whilest I Hue, that fault shall not be mine, Then to thy power, sweet Iohn, with me ioyne, And pray that God daily will guard thee and thine,
/ tell you, &c?
1 Text t'will.            2 No comma in the text.            3 Text Csfc,.
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