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Thus things are strangely wrought,
Whiles joyful May doth last. Take May in time': when May is gone,
The pleasant time is past.
All ye that live on earth,
And have your May at will; Rejoice in May, as I do now,
And use your May with skill.
Use May, while that you may,
For May hath but his time ; When all the fruit is gone, it is
Too late the tree to climb.
Your liking and your lust
Is fresh whiles May doth last: When May is gone, of all the year
The pleasant time is past.
Amantium iræ amoris redintegratio est.
[In the Paradise of Dainty Devices.] In going to my naked bed, as one that would have
I heard a wife sing to her child, that long before
She sighed sore, and sang full sweet,' to bring the
babe to rest,
That would not cease, 2 but cried still, in sucking
at her breast. She
was full weary
of her watch, and grieved with
Then did she say,
She rocked it, and rated it, until on her it smild;
« Now have I found the proverb
true to prove,
" The falling out of faithful friends renewing is ? of
Then took I paper, pen, and ink, this proverb for
In register for to remain of such a worthy wight. As she proceeded thus in song unto her little brat,
matter utter'd she of weight in place whereas
she sat ;
So ed. 1580.-Ed.1576, “ sore."
. So ed.1580.-Ed. 3 So ed. 1580.-Ed.1576, “is the renewing." And proved plain, there was no beast, nor creature
bearing life Could well be known to live in love without discòrd
and strife : Then kissed she her little babe, and sware by God
above, “ The falling out of faithful friends renewing is of
“I marvel much, pardie,” quoth she, “ for to
“ behold the rout, " To see man, woman, boy, and beast, to toss the
66 world about; " Some kneel, some crouch, some beck, somo
“ check, and some can smoothly smile, " And some embrace others in arms, and there
“ think many a wile. « Some stand aloof at cap and knee, some humble,
6 and some stout, " Yet are they never friends indeed untill they once
« fall out.” Thus ended she her song, and said, before she did
remove, “ The falling out of faithful friends renewing is of
Was born (says Mr. Warton) at Rivenhall, in Essex, about
the year 1523, and died in London, 1580. He was of an ancient family : was first placed as a chorister in the col. legiate chapel of the castle of Wailingford; then impressed into the king's chapel, from whence he was admitted into the choir of St. Paul's cathedral, and completed his education at Eton, and Trinity-college, Cambridge. From hence he was called up to court by his patron, William lord Paget; but, at the end of about ten years, exchanged the life of a courtier for the profession of a farmer, which he successively practised at Ratwood in Sussex, Ipswich, Fairstead, Norwich, and many other places. He was also, for some time, a singing-man in Norwich cathedral : but he prospered no where; and every period of his singular life seems to have been marked by the ceaseless persecu
tions of Fortune. At Ratwood he composed bis “ Hundreth good points of
“ Husbandrie,” which was first printed in 1557, and passed through many subsequent editions (with improvements) which are diligently enumerated in Ritson's Bibliographia. That by Denham in 1580 took the title of “ Five “ hundreth pointes of good husbandrie, as well for the “ champion or open countrie, as also for the woodland, or “ severall, mixed in everie month, with huswiferie, over and “ besides the booke of huswiferie. Corrected, better ordered,
" and newlie augmented to a fourth part more.” &c. It was finally reprinted (says the London Review for May,
1800) in 1710, with notes and observations by Mr. Daniel Hilman, a surveyor, of Epsom, in Surrey.
This work is a sensible and lively, though not an elegant
didactic poem, being solely intended for the use of the practical farmer. The preface“ to the buier of this book," begins with the following lines, in a metre afterwards adopted by Shenstone:
What lookest thou herein to have ?
Fine verses, thy fancy to please ?
Look nothing but rudeness in these.
“ valuable as a genuine picture of the agriculture, the rural "arts, and the domestic economy and customs of our « industrious ancestors.”The following specimens will sufficiently exemplify the style of this author.
Moral reflections on the winds.
Though winds do rage, as winds were wood, '
· Mad with rage.