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[Page 148]

Said" I "Ive power to check myself from sinking to their state
Although far stronger wills than mine had shared their cruel fate

They introduced me to a girl who'd drifted from the strait
And soon I learned of other things for youth which lay in wait
I sinned, for lust will spur us on and drive us in the mire
And out of youths make creatures mad with bestial desire

I soon got used to seeking for fresh victims for my lust
My conscience spake unheeded and my feelings said "I must
And while I drank and played the "Sport" like any drunken sod

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