Tottel's Miscellany: Songs and Sonnets of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Others (Penguin Classics)

Songs and Sonnets (1557), the 1st revealed anthology of English poetry, was once immensely influential in Tudor England, and encouraged significant Elizabethan writers together with Shakespeare. amassed through pioneering writer Richard Tottel, it introduced poems of the aristocracy - verses of friendship, warfare, politics, dying and primarily of affection - into huge universal readership for the 1st time. the most important poets of Henry VIII's courtroom, Sir Thomas Wyatt and Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, have been first revealed within the quantity. Wyatt's intimate poem approximately misplaced love which starts 'They flee from me, that someday did me seke', and Surrey's passionate sonnet 'Complaint of a lover rebuked' are joined within the miscellany by way of a wide selection of varied, intriguingly nameless poems either ethical and erotic, intimate and common.

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And therewithall I drew me nere: With feble hart, and at a braide, (But it was once softly in her eare) Mercy, Madame, used to be all, I sayd. yet wo was once me, whilst it was once advised, a hundred and seventy For therwithall fainted my breath: and that i sate nonetheless for to beholde, And heare the judgement of my loss of life. yet Love nor Hap wouldn't consent, to finish me then, yet welaway: There gave me blisse: that I repent To thinke I stay to se today. For after this I plained styll see you later, and in so piteous clever: That I my want had at my will one hundred eighty Graunted, as i'd it devise. yet Lord who ever tough, or knew, Of halfe the joye that I felt than? Or who can thinke it can be actual, That quite a bit blisse had ever guy? Lo, fortune therefore set me aloft: And extra my sorowes to releve, Of friendly joyes I tasted oft: up to love or happe could geve. The sorowes previous, I felt earlier than a hundred ninety approximately my hart, have been pushed thence: And for ech griefe, I felt afore, I had a blisse in recompence. Then concept I forever good spent: That I in plaint had spent see you later. So used to be I with my existence content material: That to my self I sayd between. Sins thou artwork ridde of al thine yll: To shewe thy joyes set forth thy voyce. And sins thou haste thy want at will: 2 hundred My chuffed hart, rejoyce, rejoyce. therefore felt I joyes an excellent deale mo, Then by way of my track may be tolde: And pondering on my handed wo, My blisse did double many folde. And therefore i presumed with mannes blood, Such blisse is probably not got to deare. In such property my joyes then stode: That of a transformation I had no feare. yet why sing I see you later of blisse? 210 It lasteth now not, that may away, enable me therfore bewaile the misse: And sing the reason for my decay. but all this whereas there lived none, That led his lifestyles extra pleasantly: Nor below hap there has been no longer one, Me concept, so good comfy, as I. yet O blinde joye, who may well thee belief? For no property thou canst guarantee? Thy faithfull vowes turn out al unjust: 220 Thy faire behestes be complete not sure. strong proofe through me: that yet of overdue now not absolutely twenty daies in the past: Which idea my lifestyles was once in such kingdom: That nought may worke my hart this wo. but hath the enemy of myne ease, Cruell mishappe, that wretched wight: Now whilst my lifestyles did so much me please: Devised me such merciless spight. That from the hiest position of all, 230 As to the entertaining of my suggestion, Downe to the inner most am I fall, And to my helpe availeth nought, Lo, therefore are all my joyes rather long gone: and i'm introduced from happinesse, consistently to wayle, and mone. Lo, such is fortunes stablenesse. In welth i assumed such suertie, That excitement must have ended by no means. yet now (alas) adversitie, 240 Doth make my singyng stop for ever. O brittle joye, O welth risky: O fraile excitement, O slidyng blisse, Who feles thee so much, he shall no longer misse, At size to be made depressing. For all needs to finish as doth my blisse: there's none different certeintie. And on the finish the worst is his, that the majority hath knowen prosperitie. For he that by no means blisse assaied, 250 might away with wretchednesse: yet he shall finde that hath it sayd, A ache to half from pleasantnesse: As I do now, for ere I knew What excitement used to be, I felt no griefe, Like unto this, and it's actual, That blisse hath introduced me all this mischiefe.

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