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more discreditable traits of his character are to be found in the history of his life '.
FANCY AND DESIRE.
FROM THE PARADISE OF DAINTY DEVICES.
When wert thou born, Desire? In pride and pomp
of May. By whom, sweet boy, wert thou begot? By fond con
ceit, men say. Tell me who was thy nurse? Fresh Youth, in sugar'd
joy. What was thy meat and daily food ? Sad sighs with
great annoy. What hadst thou then to drink? Unsavoury lover's
tears. What cradle wert thou rocked in? In hope devoid
of fears. What lulld thee, then, asleep? Sweet sleep, which
likes me best. Tell me where is thy dwelling-place? In gentle
hearts I rest.
What thing doth please thee most? To gaze on
beauty still. What dost thou think to be thy foe? Disdain of my
good-will. Doth company displease? Yes, surely, many one. Where doth Desire delight to ve? He loves to
By Mr. Park, in the Catalogue of Royal and Noble Authors. Doth either Time or Age bring him into decay?. No, no, Desire both lives and dies a thousand times
a day. Then, fond Desire, farewell! thou art no mate for
I should, methinks, be loth to dwell with such a one
LINES ATTRIBUTED TO THE EARL OF OXFORD.
IN A MS. OF THE BODLEIAN LIBRARY.
If women could be fair, and yet not fond,
To mark the choice they make, and how they
change, How oft from Phoebus they do flee to Pan; Unsettled still, like haggards wild they range, These gentle birds that fly from man to man; Who would not scorn and shake them from the fist, And let them fly, fair fools, where'er they list ?
Yet, for disport, we fawn and flatter both,
And train them to our lure with subtil oath,
The date of this writer's birth can only be generally conjectured from his having been elected a student of Christ Church, Oxford, in 1587. The slight notice of him by Wood only mentions that he was the son of John Storer, a Londoner, and that he died in the metropolis. Besides the History of Cardinal Wolsey in three parts, viz, his aspiring, his triumph, and death, he wrote several pastoral pieces in England's Helicon.
FROM THE LIFE AND DEATH OF CARDINAL
PERCHANCE the tenor of my mourning verse
Yet, as through Tagus' fair transparent streams,
From that rich valley where the angels laid him,
Then passing forth a joyful troop ensued
After several personages of sacred history, some allegorical ones condescend to visit the sleeping Cardinal, among whom Theology naturally has a place, and is thus described
In chariot framed of celestial mould,
A more than heavenly nymph I did behold,
Her beauty with Eternity began,
Since when, at sundry times in sundry ways,