This dying Counsel I do give, hoping you will begin To serve the Lord in Time of Youth his Precepts for to keep; To serve him so in Spirit and Truth, that you may mercy reap.
In Youthful blooming Years was I, when I that Practice took, Of perpetrating Piracy, for filthy gain did look. To Wickedness as all were bent, our Lusts for to fulfill; To rob at Sea was our Intent, and perpetrate all Ill.
I pray the Lord preserve you all and keep you from this End; O let Fits-Gerald’s great downfall untio your welfare tend. I to the Lord my soul bequeath, accept thereof I pray, My body to the Earth bequeath, dear Friends, adieu for aye.
– John Fitzgerald on the eve of his execution on 7/19/1723 A member of Charles Harris’s crew