The Spenser Anthology; 1548-1591 A.D.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1899 edition. Excerpt: ...The babbling fool is made a jesting stock! When closely men account, and credit have; Then best that thou thy tongue with silence lock! T ry, ere thou tru: t thy faith, lest falsehood 'quite! The crocodile, with tears doth win her prey! The Flatterer so, doth seem a Saint in sight; To cut thy throat, in absence, if he may! Cheri: h the poor! A work in Nature due. Brute beasts relieve the feeble of their kind. Then, Man! for shame, with succour, see thou rue Of Man distressed, the sick, the lame, or blind! Aid hone: t mind: ! and praise shall be thy meed! The subtle wretch, for pence, with fraud will fish! The honest man had rather starve in need, Than, by deceit, to feed dishonest wish! Shun wanton Dame: ! as Sirens they entice! Both body and purse, they witch, wound, and waste! And, in the end (for all this saucy price!), Their sweet delights, of sour repentance taste! Succour Soldiers! They watch to keep thy wealth! In wars they serve, that thou in peace mayst feed! Then if, through lack, the soldier live by stealth, I wish a Churl fair hanged in his stead! Stranger: favour! Thy fortune is unknown! In Youth, or Age, none lives but needs a friend! And, using grace, if thou be overthrown, Thou yet mayst hope, thy grief with grace to end! Provide for age! or look to die with grief! Some, forced through shame, their aged friends do aid. But Oh! sour looks' so salve this sweet relief, As, day and night, with sighs they are dismayed! T hinh on thy end! The tide for none doth wait! Even so, pale Death, for no man's will doth stay! Then, while thou mayst, thy worldly reck'ning straight! Lest, when thouwouldst, Death doth good willdismay! WHEN BEAUTY, VENUs' daughter dear, from ovE descended down, To reign on earth an...show more
- 189 x 246 x 4mm | 136g
- 13 Sep 2013
- United States
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