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The Re-cured Lover exulteth in his Fre dom, and voweth to remain Free
until Death. I am as I am, and so will I be,
Who judgeth well, well God them send; But how that I am none knoweth truly Who jud oth evil, God them amend; Le it ill, be it well, be I bond, be I free, To judge the best therefore intend. I am as I am, and so will I be.
For I am as I am, and so will I end. I lead my life indifferently ;
Yet some there be that take delight, I mean nothing but honesty;
To judge folk's thought for envy and And though folks judge full diversely,
spite; I am as I am, and so will I die.
But whether they judge me wrong or
right, I do not rejoice, nor yet complain,
I am as I am, and so do I write.
Praying you all that this do read, Yet I am as I am, be it pleasant or pain. And not to think I change my weed,
For I am as I am, however I speed.
But how that is I leave to you;
Judge as ye list, false or true, But I am as I am, wheresoever I go.
Ye know 110 more than afore ye knew,
Yet I am as I am, whatever ensue. But since judges do thus decay,
And from this mind I will not flee, Let every man his judgment say ;
But to you all that misjudge me.
I do protest, as ye may see,
That Pleasure is mided with every Pain.
Bear flowers, we see, full fresh and fair of hue,
And unto man his health doth oft renew.
May hurt and heal; then if that this be truc,
The Courtier's Life.
Of the Mean and Sure Estate.
LORD VAUX-NICIIOLAS' GRIMOALD--RICHARD EDWARDS--WILLIAM
HUNNIS-SIR F. BRYAN-VISCOUNT ROCHFORT. THOMAS, LORD Vaux, was born about 1510, and died in the reign of Queen Mary. He was c:ptain of the isle of Jersey under Henry VIII. Poems by Vaux are in ‘Toitel's Miscellany, and no less than thirteen short pieces of his composition are in a second miscellany, (prompted, no doubt, by the unexempled success of Tottel's collection), entitled 'The Paradise of Dainty Devices, 1576.'--NICHOLAS GRIMOALD (circa 1520–1563), a rhetorical lecturer in Oxford University, has two translations from the Latin of Philip Gaultier and Beza in ‘Toitel's Miscellany,' both of which are in blank verse. wrote also several small poems.*
*-RICHARD EDWARDS (circa 15231566) was the most valuable contributor to the Dainty Devices.' Ile was master of the singing-boys of the royal chapel, and is known as a writer of court interludes and masks. His verses, entitled 'Amantium Iræ,' are among the best of the miscellaneous poems of that age. -WILLIAM HUNNIS, who died in 1568, was also attached to Edward VI.'s chapel, and afterwards master of the boys of Queen Elizabeth's chapel. He translated the Psalms, and wrote some religious treatises and scriptural interludes. Mr. Hallam considers that Hunnis should be placed as high as Vaux or Edwarus, were his productions all equal to one little piece (a song which we subjoin); “buttoo often,' adds the critic, he falls into trivial morality and a ridiculous excess of alliteration.' These defects characterise most of the minor poets of this period -Drayton, in one of his poetical episiles, mentions SIR FRANCIS BRYAN, nephew to Lord Berners, the translator of Froissart, as a contributor tu Tottel's Miscellany;' and GEORGE BOLEYN, VISCOUNT ROCHFORT (brother of Anne Buleyn), has been named as another contributor. The contemporary impression of their talents was great, and both were almost adored at court, though Boleyn was sacrificed by Henry VIII. on a revolting and groundless charge. We may mention, as illustrating the popularity of the first English
Miscellany' (that of Tottel), that it appears to have caught the attention of Shakspeare, who has transplanted some lines from it into his ‘Hamlet,' and that it soothed tbe confinement of Mary Queen of Scots, who is said to have written two lines from one of the poems with a diamond on a window in Fotheringay Castle. The lines are:
And from the top of all my trust,
* In a sonnet by Sir Egerton Brydges on the death of Sir Walter Scott, is a fine line often quoted :
The glory dies not, and the grief is past.
In working wellif travel you sustain.
On a Contented Mind.- By Lord Vaux.-- From the Paradise of
Dainty Devices, 1576. When all is done and said,
Companion none is like In the end thus shall you finc,
Unto the mind alone; He most of all doth bathe in bliss
For many have been harmed by speech; That hath a quiet mind:
Through thinking, few or none. And, clear from worldly cares,
Fear oftentimes restraineth words, To deem can be content
But makes not thought to cease; The sweetest time in all his life
Aud he speaks best that hath the skill In thinking to be spent.
When for to hold his peace. The body subject is
Our wealth leaves us at death; To fickle Fortune's power,
Our kinsmen at the grave; And to a million of mishaps
But virtues of the mind into Is casual every hour:
The heavens with us we have. And death in time doth change
Wherefore, for virtue's sake.
I can be well content,
To dcem in thinking spent. Amantium Iræ Amoris Redintegratio Est. -By Richard Edwards.
From the same.
I marvel much, pardie,' quoth she, "for to behold the rout,
Song.–By William Tunnis.— From the Same.
When first mine eyes did view and mark
Thy beauty fair for to behold,
The pleasant words that thou me told,
And when in mind I did consent
To follow thus my fancy's will,
To taste such bait myself to spill,
What mischief more might thou devise
And him to wound in sundry wise,
Fie, fie upon such treachery!
Also claimed for John Heywood.--From Tottel's Miscellany. Give place, you ladies, and be gone;
Her roseal colour comes and goes Boast not yourselves at all,
With such a comely grace, For here at hand approacheth one
More ruddier too than doth the rose, Whose face will stain you all.
Within her lively face The virtue of her lively looks
At Bacchus' feast none shall her meet, Excels the precious stone;
Ne at no wanton play, I wish to have none other books
Nor gazing in au open street, To read or look upon.
Nor gadding as astray. In each of her two crystal eyes
The modest mirth that she doth use, Smileth a naked boy ;
Is mixed with shamefastuess; It would you all in heart suffice
All vice she wholly doth refuse,
And hateth idleness.
How virtue cau repair,
And deck her in such modesty, So fair a creature make,
Whom nature made so fair! She may be well compared
Truly she doth as far excel Unto the Phenix kind,
Our women now-a-days, Whose like was never seen or heard, As doth the gilly-flower a weed, That any man can find.
And more a thousand ways. In life she is Diana chaste;
How might I do to get a graff
Of this uuspotted tree?
Which seem good corn to be.
Wheu Death doth what he can, Her beauty twinkleth like a star
Her honest fame shall ever live Within the frosty night.
Within the mouth of man.
Tuomas TUSSER, author of the first didactic poem in the language, was born about 1515, of an ancient family, had a good education, and commenced lile at court, under the patronage of Lord Paget. Afterwards he practised farming successively at Ratwood in Sussex, Ipswich, Fairsted in Essex, Norwich, and other places; but not succeeding in that walk, le betook himself to other occupations, amongst which were those of a chorister and, it is said, a fiddler. As might be expected of one so inconstant, he did not prosper in the world, but died poor in London, in 1580.
Tusser's poem, entitled a Hondreth Good Points of Husbandrie,' which was first published in 1557, is a series of practical directions for farming, expressed in simple and inelegant, but not always dull verse, It was afterwards expanded by other writers, and published under the title of 'Five Hundroth Points of Good Húsbandrie ;' the last of a considerable number of editions appeared in 1710.
Directions for Cultivating a Hop-garden.