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Let her be judge and juror both,
To try me guiltless by mine oath.
Quoth Beauty, No, it fitteth not
A prince herself to judge the cause;
Will is our justice, well ye wot,
Appointed to discuss our laws;
If you will guiltless seem to go,
God and your country quit you so.
Then Craft the crier call:d a quest,
Of whom was Falsehood foremost fere;
A pack of pickthanks were the rest,
Which came false witness for to bear;
The jury such, the Judge unjust,
Sentence was said, “ I should be truss’d.”
Jealous the gaoler bound me fast,
To hear the verdict of the bill;
George, quoth the judge, now thou art cast,
Thou must go hence to Heavy Hill,
And there be hang'd all but the head;
God rest thy soul when thou art dead !
Down fell I then upon my knee,
All flat before dame Beauty's face,
And cried, Good Lady, pardon me!
Who here appeal unto your grace ;
You know if I have been untrue,
It was in too much praising you.
And though this Judge doth make such haste
To shed with shame my guiltless blood,
Yet let your pity first be plac'd
To save the man that meant you good;
So shall you shew yourself a Queen,
And I may be your servant seen.
Quoth Beauty, Well; because I guess
What thou dost mean henceforth to be ;
Although thy faults deserve no less
Than Justice here hath judged thee;
Wilt thou be bound to stint all strife,
And be true prisoner all thy life?
Yea madam, quoth I, that I shall ;
Lo, Faith and Truth my sureties:
Why then, quoth she, come when I call,
I ask no better warrantise.
Thus am I Beauty's bounden thrall,
At her command when she doth call.
FROM GASCOIGNE'S GRIEF OF JOY, An unpublished Poem in Manuscript, in the British Museum.
18 A. 61.-King's Library. * * * * * * * THERE is a grief in every kind of joy, That is my theme, and that I mean to prove; And who were he which would not drink annoy, To taste thereby the lightest dram of love ? * * * * * * *
Of lusty youth then lustily to treat,
It is the very May-moon of delight;
When boldest bloods are full of wilful heat,
And joy to think how long they have to fight
In fancy's field, before their life take flight;
Since he which latest did the game begin,
Doth longest hope to linger still therein.
The heav'ns on high perpetually do move ;
By minutes meal the hour doth steal away,
By hours the days, by days the months remove,
And then by months the years as fast decay ;
Yea, Virgil's verse, and Tully's truth do say,
That Time flieth, and never claps her wings ;
But rides on clouds, and forward still she flings.
THE VANITY OF THE BEAUTIFUL,
They course the glass, and let it take no rest ;
They pass and spy who gazeth on their face;
They darkly ask whose beauty seemeth best ;
They hark and mark who marketh most their grace;
They stay their steps, and stalk a stately pace;
They jealous are of every sight they see;
They strive to seem, but never care to be.
What grudge and grief our joys may then suppress,
To see our hairs, which yellow were as gold,
Now grey as glass; to feel and find them less;
To scrape the bald skull which was wont to hold
Our lovely locks with curling sticks controul’d;
To look in glass, and spy Sir Wrinkle's chair
Set fast on fronts which erst were sleek and fair.
BORN 1534.-DIED 1582.
John HARRINGTON, the father of the translator of Ariosto, was imprisoned by Queen Mary for his suspected attachment to Queen Elizabeth, by whom he was afterwards rewarded with a grant of lands. Nothing that the younger Harrington has written seems to be worth preserving: but the few specimens of his father's poetry which are found in the Nugæ Antiquæ may excite a regret that he did not write more. His love verses have an elegance and terseness, more modern, by an hundred years, than those of his contemporaries.
SONNET MADE ON ISABELLA MARKHAM,
WHEN I FIRST THOUGHT HER FAIR, AS SHE STOOD AT THE
PRINCESS'S WINDOW, IN GOODLY ATTIRE, AND TALKED
TO DIVERS IN THE COURT YARD.
From the Nugæ Antiquæ, where the original Manuscript is said
to be dated 1564.
WHENCE comes my love? O heart disclose;
It was from cheeks that sham'd the rose,
From lips that spoil the ruby's praise,
From eyes that mock the diamond's blaze:
Whence comes my woe? as freely own;
Ah me! 'twas from a heart like stone.
The blushing cheek speaks modest mind,
The lips befitting words most kind,
The eye does tempt to love's desire,
And seems to say “ 'tis Cupid's fire;”.
Yet all so fair but speak my moan,
Sith nought doth say the heart of stone.
Why thus, my love, so kind, bespeak
Sweet eye, sweet lip, sweet blushing cheek
Yet not a heart to save my pain ;
O Venus, take thy gifts again;
Make not so fair to cause our moan,
Or make a heart that's like our own.