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HOWARD, Henry, Earl of Surrey


[Aeneas Flight from Troy]

With this I went, and guided by a god

I passed through my foes, and eke the flame:

Their weapons and the fire eke gave me place.

And when that I was come before the gates,

And ancient building of my father's house;

My father, whom I hoped to convey

To the next hills, and did him thereto 'treat,

Refused either to prolong his life,

Or bide exile after the fall of Troy.

'All ye,' quod he, 'in whom young blood is fresh,

Whose strength remains entire and in full power,

Take ye your flight.

For if the gods my life would have prorogued,

They had reserved for me this wonning place,

It was enough, alas! and eke too much,

To see the town of Troy thus razed once;

To have lived after the city taken.

When ye have said, this corpse laid out forsake;

My hand shall seek my death, and pity shall

Mine enemies move, or else hope of my spoil.

The Things That Cause a Quiet Life

(Written by Martial)

My friend, the things that do attain

The happy life be these, I find:

The riches left, not got with pain,

The fruitful ground; the quiet mind;

The equal friend; no grudge, no strife;

No charge of rule nor governance;

Without disease the healthy life;

The household of continuance;

The mean diet, no dainty fare;

True wisdom joined with simpleness;

The night discharged of all care,

Where wine the wit may not oppress;

The faithful wife, without debate;

Such sleeps as may beguile the night:

Content thyself with thine estate,

Neither wish death, nor fear his might.

Prisoned in Windsor

SO cruel prison how could betide, alas,

As proud Windsor, where I in lust and joy,

With a Kinges son, my childish years did pass,

In greater feast than Priam's sons of Troy.

Where each sweet place returns a taste full sour.

The large green courts, where we were wont to hove,

With eyes cast up into the Maiden's tower,

And easy sighs, such as folk draw in love.

The stately seats, the ladies bright of hue.

The dances short, long tales of great delight ;

With words and looks, that tigers could but rue ;

Where each of us did plead the other's right.

The palme-play, where, despoiled for the game,

With dazed eyes oft we by gleams of love

Have miss'd the ball, and got sight of our dame,

To bait her eyes, which kept the leads above.

The gravel'd ground, with sleeves tied on the helm,

On foaming horse, with swords and friendly hearts ;

With chere, as though one should another whelm,

Where we have fought, and chased oft with darts.

With silver drops the mead yet spread for ruth,

In active games of nimbleness and strength,

Where we did strain, trained with swarms of youth,

Our tender limbs, that yet shot up in length.

The secret groves, which oft we made resound

Of pleasant plaint, and of our ladies' praise ;

Recording oft what grace each one had found,

What hope of speed, what dread of long delays.

The wild forest, the clothed holts with green ;

With reins availed, and swift y-breathed horse,

With cry of hounds, and merry blasts between,

Where we did chase the fearful hart of force.

The void vales eke, that harbour'd us each night :

Wherewith, alas ! reviveth in my breast

The sweet accord, such sleeps as yet delight ;

The pleasant dreams, the quiet bed of rest ;

The secret thoughts, imparted with such trust ;

The wanton talk, the divers change of play ;

The friendship sworn, each promise kept so just,

Wherewith we past the winter night away.

And with this thought the blood forsakes the face ;

The tears berain my cheeks of deadly hue :

The which, as soon as sobbing sighs, alas !

Up-supped have, thus I my plaint renew :

' O place of bliss ! renewer of my woes !

Give me account, where is my noble fere ? 5

Whom in thy walls thou d[id]st each night enclose ;

To other lief; but unto me most dear.'

Echo, alas ! that doth my sorrow rue,

Returns thereto a hollow sound of plaint.

Thus I alone, where all my freedom grew,

In prison pine, with bondage and restraint :

And with remembrance of the greater grief,

To banish the less, I find my chief relief.