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A GOODFELLOW'S COMPLAINT
20   Full many a shilling haue I spent, And cride hang sorrow let it fly, In drinke and smoke away it went, And thus strong beere hath vndone me.
21    Then who but I among the rout,
Of Iouiall Blades should welcome be, But now my pouerty they flout, Because strong beere has vndone me.
22   Then would good fellowes to me say, Heere honest Iacke ile drinke to thee, Because they knew I still would pay, Untill strong beere had vndone me.
23   Now they who hung vpon my purse, If I through want should starued be, Will not a groate for me disburse, Because strong beere has vndone me.
24   And if I passe by the ale-house doore, My host will say, looke there goes he, I knew him rich but now hee's poore, And thus strong beere has vndone me.
25   All you good fellowes that heare my case, Take heede least it1 your owne case be,
I might haue liu'd void of disgrace, Had not strong beere thus vndone me.
26   Shake of ill company in time, Which wrongeth many a man you see, Now I through them am like to pine, And tis strong beere that has vndone me.
27   Farewell strong beere my mortall foe, Ile drinke no more therefore of thee, A good cause why my purse is lowe, For thou strong beere hast vndone mee.
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