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EDWARD DYER. Circa 1540-1607.
My mind to me a kingdom is;
Such present joys therein I find,
That earth affords or grows by kind :
MS. Rawl. 85, p. 17.8
I little have, and seek no more:
And I am rich with little store :
BISHOP STILL (JOHN). 1543–1607.
My stomach is not good;
Gammer Gurton's Needle.2
1 There is a very similar but anonymous copy in the British Museum. Additional MS. 15225, p. 85. And there is an imitation in J. Sylvester's Works, p. 651. – HANNAH : Courtly Poets.
My mind to me a kingdom is ;
Such perfect joy therein I find,
That God and Nature hath assigned.
Byrd : Psalmes, Sonnets, etc. 1588.
ROBERT SOUTHWELL (1560-1595): Loo Home. Mens regnum bona possidet (A good mind possesses a kingdom). — SENECA : Thyestes, ii. 380.
2 Stated by Dyce to be from a MS. of older date than Gammer Gurton's Needle. See Skelton's Works (Dyce's ed.), vol. i. pp. vii-x, note.
Back and side go bare, go bare,
Both foot and hand go cold;
Gammer Gurton's Needle. Act in
THOMAS STERNHOLD. Circa 1549.
The Lord descended from above
And bow'd the heavens high;
The darkness of the sky.
Full royally he rode;
A Metrical Version of Psalm cio.
MATHEW ROYDON. Circa 1586.
A sweet attractive kinde of grace,
An Elegie; or Friend's Passion for his Astrophill.1 Was never eie did see that face,
Was never eare did heare that tong,
But eies and eares and ev'ry thought
1 This piece (ascribed to Spenser) was printed in The Phønix Nest, 4to, 1593, where it is anonymous. Todd has shown that it was written by Mathew Roydon.
SIR EDWARD COKE. 1549–1634.
The gladsome light of jurisprudence. First Institute.
Reason is the life of the law; nay, the common law itself is nothing else but reason. ... The law, which is perfection of reason."
Ibid. For a man's house is his castle, et domus sua cuique tutissimum refugium.?
Third Institute. Page 162. The house of every one is to him as his castle and fortress, as well for his defence against injury and vio. lence as for his repose.
Semayne's Case, 5 Rep. 91. They (corporations) cannot commit treason, nor be outlawed nor excommunicate, for they have no souls.
Case of Sutton's Hospital, 10 Rep. 32. Magna Charta is such a fellow that he will have no sovereign.
Debate in the Commons, May 17, 1628.
Translation of lines quoted by Coke.
GEORGE PEELE. 1552–1598.
His golden locks time hath to silver turned;
O time too swift! O swiftness never ceasing ! His youth 'gainst time and age hath ever spurned, But spurned in vain; youth waneth by encreasing.
Sonnet. Polyhymnia. His helmet now shall make a hive for bees,
1 Let us consider the reason of the case. For nothing is law that is not reason. — Sir John Powell: Coggs vs. Bernard, 2 Ld. Raym. Rep. p. 911. ? Pandects, lib. ii. tit. iv. De in Jus vocando.
3 Seven hours to law, to soothing slumber seven ;
Sir WILLIAM JONES.
And lovers' songs be turned to holy psalms;
Sonnet. Polyhymnia My inerry, merry, merry roundelay
Concludes with Cupid's curse:
Pray gods, they change for worse ! Cupid's Curse.
SIR WALTER RALEIGH. 1552–1618.
If all the world and love were young,
The Nymph's Reply to the Passionate Shepherd. Fain would I, but I dare not; I dare, and yet I may not; I may, although I care not, for pleasure when I play not.
Fain Would I Passions are likened best to floods and streams : The shallow murmur, but the deep are dumb.
The Silent Lorer,
Than words, though ne'er so witty :
May challenge double pity.
Upon a thankless arrant:
1 Altissima quæque flumina minimo sono labi (The deepest rivers flow with the least sound), - Q. Curtius, vii. 4. 13.
Smooth runs the water where the brook is deep. – SHAKESPEARE : 3 Henry VI. act iii. sc. i.
Methought I saw the grave where Laura lay."
Verses to Edmund Spenser. Cowards [may] fear to die; but courage stout, Rather than live in snuff, will be put out.
On the snuff of a candle the night before he died. -- Raleigh's
Remains, p. 258, ed. 1661.
Written the nighi before his death. — Found in his
Bible in the Gate-house at Westminster.
Ibid. Fain would I climb, yet fear I to fall.3 [History] hath triumphed over time, which besides it nothing but eternity hath triumphed over.
Historie of the World. Preface. O eloquent, just, and mightie Death! whom none could advise, thou hast perswaded; what none hath dared, thou hast done; and whom all the world hath flattered,
1 Methought I saw my late espoused saint. — Milton: Sonnet xxiii. Methought I saw the footsteps of a throne. – WORDSWORTH: Sonnet.
2 If she be not so to me,
GEORGE WITHER : The Shepherd's Resolution. 8 Written in a glass window obvious to the Queen's eve. “Her Majesty, either espying or being shown it, did under-write, If thy heart fails thee, climb not at all.'” – FULLER: Worthies of England, vol. i. p. 419.