Read THE EPILOGUE TO ALL MY ADVENTURERS AND OTHERS of The Pennyles Pilgrimage / The Money-lesse Perambulation of John Taylor, free online book, by John Taylor, on

Thus did I neither spend, or beg, or ask,
By any course, direct or indirectly:
But in each tittle I performed my task,
According to my bill most circumspectly.
I vow to God, I have done SCOTLAND wrong,
(And (justly) against me it may bring an action)
I have not given it that right which doth belong,
For which I am half guilty of detraction:
Yet had I wrote all things that there I saw,
Misjudging censures would suppose I flatter,
And so my name I should in question draw,
Where asses bray, and prattling pies do chatter:
Yet (armed with truth) I publish with my pen,
That there the Almighty doth his blessings heap,
In such abundant food for beasts and men;
That I ne’er saw more plenty or more cheap.
Thus what mine eyes did see, I do believe;
And what I do believe, I know is true:
And what is true unto your hands I give,
That what I give, may be believed of you.
But as for him that says I lie or dote,
I do return, and turn the lie in’s throat.
Thus gentlemen, amongst you take my ware,
You share my thanks, and I your moneys share.

Yours in all observance and gratefulness,

ever to be commanded,