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Song 6.

Good resolutions.

7,8,7,8

Though I’m now in younger days,

Nor can tell what shall befall me,

I’ll prepare for every place

Where my growing age shall call me.

Should I e’er be rich or great,

Others shall partake my goodness:

I’ll supply the poor with meat,

Never showing scorn or rudeness.

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Where I see the blind or lame,

Deaf or dumb, I’ll kindly treat them:

I deserve to feel the same,

I I mock, or hurt, or cheat them.

If I meet with railing tongues,

Why should I return them railing,

Since I best revenge my wrongs

By my patience never failing?

When I hear them telling lies,

Talking foolish, cursing, swearing,

First I’ll try to make them wise,

Or I’ll soon go out of hearing.

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What though I be low or mean,

I’ll engage the rich to love me,

While I’m modest, neat, and clean,

And submit when they reprove me.

If I should be poor and sick,

I shall meet, I hope, with pity;

Since I love to help the weak,

Though they’re neither fair nor witty.

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I’ll not willingly offend,

Nor be easily offended:

What’s amiss I’ll strive to mend,

And endure what can’t be mended.

May I be so watchful still

O’er my humours and my passion,

As to speak and do no ill,

Though it should be all the fashion.

Wicked fashions lead to hell;

Ne’er may I be found complying;

But in life behave so well,

Not to be afraid of dying.

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