Henry VIII, King of England(28 June 1491 - 28 January 1547 / Greenwich, England)
Passtime with good company
- by Henry VIII, King of England47
1 Pastime with good company 2 I love and shall unto I die. 3 Grudge whoso will, but none deny, 4 So God be pleased, this live will I. 5 For my pastance 6 Hunt, sing, and dance. 7 My heart is set 8 All godely sport 9 To my comfort. 10 Who shall me let?
11 Youth will have needs daliance, 12 Of good or ill some pastance. 13 Company me thinketh then best 14 All thoftes and fantasies to digest. 15 For idleness 16 Is chief mistress 17 Of vices all. 18 Than who can say 19 But "pass the day" 20 Is best of all?
21 Company with honesty 22 Is virtue, and vice to flee. 23 Company is good or ill 24 But every man hath his free will. 25 The best ensue, 26 The worst eschew, 27 My mind shall be. 28 Virtue to use, 29 Vice to refuse, 30 I shall use me.
Though that Men do Call it Dotage
- by Henry VIII, King of England43
1 Though that men do call it dotage, 2 Who loveth not wanteth courage;
3 And whosoever may love get, 4 From Venus sure he must it fet
5 Or else from her which is her heir, 6 And she to him must seem most fair.
7 With eye and mind doth both agree. 8 There is no boot: there must it be.
9 The eye doth look and represent, 10 But mind afformeth with full consent.
11 Thus am I fixed without grudge: 12 Mine eye with heart doth me so judge.
13 Love maintaineth all noble courage. 14 Who love disdaineth is all of the village:
15 Such lovers--though they take pain-- 16 It were pity they should obtain,
17 For often times where they do sue 18 They hinder lovers that would be true.
19 For whoso loveth should love but once. 20 Change whoso will, I will be none.
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