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'TIS NOT OTHERWISE
They pleasures haue both day and night, then 'tis not otherwise,
3   When I was single I did stray
in heart, in words, and life, But I haue found a better way
I thanke my louing wife: I now Hue free from all suspect,
and many wicked lyes, The good I wisht, hath tooke effect,
then 'tis not otherwise.
4   Much company I vs'd to keepe,
before I had a wife. The memory doth make me weepe,
for 'twas1 a wicked life: Such comfort now at home I finde,
from Manage to arise, I wish all men were in my minde,
then 'tis not otherwise.
5   Unthrifty games I now haue left
as Tables, Cards and Dice, That oft hath me of wealth bereft,
I curse no Ace, nor Sice: I do not now the Cards bid burne,
that made my anger rise, A wife hath caused me to turne,
then 'tis not otherwise.2
6   So ciuill I am growne of late
since that I made my choice, I hate each swearing swaggering mate,
which makes me to reioyce: The company I now do keepe,
are honest men and wise, That not with drinke, but sence do sleepe,
then 'tis not otherwise. 1 Text t'was.                 2 No period in the text.
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