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CHARLES RICKETS' RECANTATION
9 Hauing tane the Taylors shilling, a Iugge of beere I cal'd for then: I paid for that, and then was willing to giue him the rest agen: but he refus'd, and rather chus'd To spend the rest ere he did goe, then I did call and paid for all, The Taylor wil'd it should be so.
10 This and many more such actions
haue I done to please my humour: But now He leaue all drunken fashions, would to God I had done so sooner: in merryment my time I spent, And mony too, which breeds my woe: now my mad pranks, I giue God thankes, Are left, and He no more doe so.
ii I will follow my Vocation
with industry and regard, And maintaine my reputation,
in this world thats growne so hard. Markets are naught, Ware is not bought, As twas since I the Trade did know, tis time therefore now to giue ore Such spending, and no more doe so.
12 My wife and children I will tender, more then heretofore I vs'd, He be no more so vaine a spender, nor will I be with drinke abusde: lie learne at last ere hope is past,