網頁圖片
PDF
ePub 版

And then may chance thee to repent
The time that thou hast lost and spent,

To cause thy lovers sigh, and swoon:
Then shalt thou know beauty but lent,

And wish and want, as I liave done.

1 him more -rtain generous cont en to have been die nd himself. These ere vital principles uness," to use his nct;" so that it was ut feeling the same

e himself was an - and polite attain ause of Virtue and

Now cease, my lute! this is the last
Labor, that thou and I shall waste,

And ended is that I begun;
Now is this song both sung and past;

My lute! be still, for I have done.

- HIS LOVE.

THE LOVER PRAYETH NOT TO BE DISDAINED, REFUSED, MISTRUSTED,

NOR FORSAKEN.
Disdain me not without desert,

Nor leave me not so suddenly;
Since well ye wot that in my heart

I mean ye not but honestly.

Refuse me not without cause why,

Nor think me not to be unjust;
Since that by lot of fantasy,

This careful knot needs knit I must.
Mistrust me not, though soine there be

That fain would spot my steadfastness,
Believe them not, since that ye see

The proof is not as they express.

Forsake me not, till I deserve;

Nor hate me not, till I oflend,
Destroy me not, till that I swerve;

But since ye know what I intend.'

Disdain me not, that am your own;

Refuse me not, that am so true;
Mistrust me not, till all be known;

Forsake ine not now for no new.2

A DESCRIPTION OF SUCH A ONE AS HE WOULD LOVE.

A face that should content me wond'rous well,

Should not be fair, but lovely to behold;
With gladsome chere, all grief for to expell;

With sober looks so would I that it should

1 Dr. Nott says that but in this line means “unless," without at all explaining its whole difficulty. Bul, in old writers, is used in the sense of without, and since, or seethan as they spelled it, in the sense of reting that, for which it is a contraction: the full meaning of this line, in connection with the other, I take to be, “Unless you destroy me, seeing that or after that you know my honest inten tions."

? An ellipsis, for no rex lover.

1 "Fais here means regularly beautiful. The ser.se is, “The face that is to captivate me must not be regularly beautiful, but one that has a lovely turn of expression."

elegant aratori every person of

e characters on

to make an

Speak without words, such words as none can tell;

The tress also should be of crispedi gold.
With wit, and these, might chance I might be tied,
And knit again the knot that should not slide.

OF THE MEAN AND SURE ESTATE.
Stand whoso list, upon the slipper top

Of high estate; and let me here rejoice,
And use me quiet without let or stop,

Unknown in Court, that hath such brackish joys.
In hidden place so let my days forth pass;

That when my years be done withouten noise,
I may die aged, after the common trace:

For him death grip'th right hard by the crop,
That is much known of other, and of himself, alas!
Doth die unknown, dased with dreadful face.

OF HIS RETURN FROM SPAIN.
Tagus, farewell! that westward with thy streams

Turns up the grains of gold already tried ;
With spur and sail, for I go seek the Thames,

Gainward the sun that sheweth her wealthy pride;
And to the town which Brutus sought by dreams, 3

Like bended moon, doth lend her lusty side,
My King, my Country, alone for whom I live,
Of mighty Love the wings for this me give

What little prose Sir Thomas Wyatt has left us, consists chiefly of letters. The following extract from a letter to his only son presents, in its elevated sentiments and uncompromising spirit of Christian purity, a beautiful view of a true Christian father

My Dear Son,-Inasmuch as now ye are come to some years of understanding, and that you should gather within yourself some fame of Honesty, I thought that I should not lose my labor wholly if now I did something advertise you to take the sure foundations and stablished opinions that leadeth to honesty.

And here, I call not Honesty that, men commonly call Honesty, as reputation for riches, for authority, or some like thing; but that Honesty, that I dare well say your grandfather had rather left to me than all the lands he did leave me; that was, Wisdom,

1 " Crisped" means short curling ringlets, which were artificially produced by curling Irons. Pop does not introduce these in his description of the toilet in the "Rape of the Lock,"

"Puts, powders, patches, Bibles, bilet-doux." We rather smile now at the taste for "golden" colored hair.

2 “Gold already tried," pure gold.

8 This alludes to the old story, that Brutus, the third in descent from Æneas, on quitting his native and, sailed for parts unknown, landed at Albion, proceeded inland, and founded London on the marth side of the Thames, which he called Troynovante, as many early English writers call it. 1 The meaning of this is, "The love I bear my king and my country, give me wings for my jour

Ary,

Gentleness, Soberness, desire to do Good, Friendship to get the love of many, and Truth above all the rest. A great part to have all these things, is to desire to have them. And although glory and honest name are not the very ends wherefore these things are to be followed, yet surely they must needs follow them as light followeth fire, though it were kindled for warmth. Out of these things the chiefest and infallible ground is the dread and reve. rence of God, whereupon shall ensue the eschewing of the contraries of these said virtues ; that is to say, ignorance, unkindness, rashness, desire of harm, unquiet enmity, hatred, many and crafty falsehoods, the very root of all shame and dishonesty. I say, the only dread and reverence of God, that seeth all ihings, is the defence of the creeping in of all these mischiefs into you. And for my part, although I do well say there is no man that would wish his son better than I; yet on my faith, I had rather have you lifeless, than subject to these vices.

[blocks in formation]

Begin therefore betimes. Make God and goodness your foundations. Make your examples of wise and honest men : shoot at that mark : be no mocker: mocks follow them that delight therein. He shall be sure of shame that feeleth no grief in other men's shames. Have your friends in a reverence, and think unkindness to be the greatest offence, and least punished among men; but so much the more to be dreaded, for God is Justiser upon that alone. Love well and agree with your wife ; for where is noise and debate in the house, there is unquiet dwelling. Frame web yourself to love and rule well and honestly your wife as your fel. low, and she shall love and reverence you as her head. Such as you are unto her, such shall she be unto you. Obey and reverence your father-in-law, as you would me; and remember that long life followeth them that reverence their fathers and elders; and the blessing of God, for good agreement between the wife and husband, is fruit of many children.

Read oft this my letter, and it shall be as though I had often written to you ; and think that I have herein printed a fatherly affection to you. If I may see that I have not lost my pain, mine shall be the contentation, and yours the profit; and upon condition that you follow my advertisement, I send you God's blessing and mine, and as well to come to honesty, as to increase of years.

[merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors][merged small][merged small][merged small][ocr errors]

native

on the

8 jour

HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY. 1516–1547. Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey, the eldest son of Thomas Howard, Earl of Surrey, and Lady Elizabeth Stafford, was born about 1516. We say about that year, for we are as ignorant of the precise date of his birth as we are of all that relates to his early education, and the habits of his early life. In 1535 his marriage with the Lady Frances Vere was publicly solemnized, from which time what relates to his personal history is authentic. In 1540 he began to take an active part in public affairs, being sent by the king over to the continent, to see that the English towns and garrisons were in a proper state of defence against the threatened attack of the French. In April, 1542, he was made Knight of the Garter, which was esteemed a great mark of royal favor; and in October of the same year, he bore an active and leading part in the expedition against Scotland. In 1544 he acted as field-marshal of the English forces on the continent, and in that and the two succeeding years, he greatly distinguished himself by his valor and skill, at the sieges of Landrecy and Boulogne.

But as his popularity increased, his interest declined with the king, whose caprices and jealousies grew more violent with his years and infirmities. The brilliancy of Surrey's character, the celebrity he had acquired in military science in his command on the continent, his general abilities, his wit, learn. ing, and affability, were viewed with suspicion by the Earl of Hertford, the king's brother, who, as he saw the monarch's end approaching, was anxious to secure to himself the protectorship during Edward the Sixth's minority; and he saw that the only rival he had to fear was the great and good Earl of Surrey. Accordingly he did all he could to poison the mind of the king against him; and in April, 1546, he was recalled from the continent, imprisoned in Windsor Castle, and in December of the same year was sent to the Tower. He was soon brought to trial. The accusations against him were of the most frivolous character, the chief of which was brought against him by his unnatural sister, the Duchess of Richmond. She said that he wore on his arms, instead of a duke's coronet, what “ seemed, to her judge ment, much like a close crown;" and a cipher, “which she took to be the king's cipher, H. R.” On this did she intimate that her brother was guilty of high treason. Surrey defended himself with great spirit and ability, and as to the main point in the indictment, showed conclusively that his ancestors had, of a long continuance, worn the same coat of arms, as well within the kingdom as without; and that it had constantly been borne by him. self in Henry's presence. But all was of no avail; the ruling influences, with Hertford at their head, determined that he should be convicted. Ac. cordingly he was pronounced guilty, and was beheaded on the 19th of Janu.

ary, 1547.

Thus fell, at the early age of thirty, Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey; a man of such elevated virtues, and such rare endowments, that his untimely death must, with every one, be a subject of deep regret; ior what might he not have done for English Literature, had his life been spared ?2 The endow.

1 Where he wrote the first poem here Inserted.

? Warton says, “For justness of thought, correctness of style, and purity of expression, he niny justly be pronounced the first English classical poet."

347.

Howard, Earl

Te say about as we are di arly life. In

solemnized C. In 154) e king over in a proper April, 1542,

ments of his mind were various; his acquirements great. There was no polite or manly accomplishment in which he did not excel. He was master of the Latin, the French, the Italian, and the Spanish languages. He had a vigorous intellect, and a quick and ready wit. He was fond of literary fame, and studious of literary excellence: but he beheld it in others without envy. His own genius was of a moral and contemplative cast. His noble mind never stooped to any thing that would inflame passion, or solicit improper desire. It is his peculiar praise that not a single thought nor a single expression can be found in all his writings, to wound the nicest sense of modesty, or to degrade the dignity of poetry. To crown all, he had the highest reverence for religion, and the Scriptures were equally his consolation and delight: by these he strengthened those moral principles which governed all his actions, and confirmed in his heart that generous contempt of vice which is experienced by none but men of noble minds. Such was the Earl of Surrey.

at mark of and leading

Id-marshal succeeding ze sieges i

PRISONER' IN WINDSOR, HE RECOUNTETH HIS PLEASURE THERE

PASSED IN FORMER YEARS.

So cruel prison how could betide, alas!

As proud Windsor ? where I in lust and joy,
With a King's son, my childish3 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,

[blocks in formation]

11 cannot but insert bere a portion of Dr. Nott's very discriminnting and just comparison be tween Surrey and Wyatt: They were men whose minds may be said to have been cast in the same funuld; for they diffor only in those minuter shades of character which always muut exist in human nature. In their love of virtue, and their instinctive hatred and comtempt of vice; in their freedom from personal jealousy; in their thirst after knowledge and intellectual improvement; in nice observation of nature, promptitude to action, intrepidity, and fondness for romantic enterprise; in marniicence and liberality; in generous support of others, avd high-spirited neglect of themselves; in constancy in friendship, and tender susceptibility of affections of a still warmer nature, and in Every thing connected with sentiment and principle, they were one and the same; but when those qualities branch out into particulars, they will be found in some respects to differ.

"Wyatt had a deeper and more accurate penetration into the characters of men than Surrey had : hence arises the difference in their watires. Surrey, in his satire against the citizens of London, deals only in reproach; Wyatt, in his, nbounds with irony, and those nice touches of ridicule which make tus ashamed of our faults, and therefore often silently effect amendment. Surrey's observation or nature was minute; but he directed it towards the works of nature in general, and the movements of the passions, rather than to the foibles and the characters of men; hence it is that he excels in the dræcription of rural objects, and is always tender and pathetic. In Wyatt's complaints, we hear a strain of manly grief which commands attention, and we listen to it with respect, for the sake or aim that suffery. Surrey's distress is painted in such natural terms, that we make it our own, and recognise in hly sorrows, emotions which we are conscious of having felt ourselves." Read, also, a une article on Surrey and Wyatt in the 2d vol. of D'Israeli'y " Amenities of Literature."

* This poem was written about 1546, when Surrey was imprisoned at Windsor, not long after his return from Boulogne. See notice of his life. “It is a poem," says Dr. Nott, "of singular beauty, and may be ranked among the most perfect compositions in our language."

Juences

d. Ac

of Jantie

a man

y death he not endow

The words *child," "childiah," "childhood," had in former times a much larger meaning than they now bave. Both Chaucer and Spenser use them as applied to "early manhood." The phrase "childishe years, therefore, means to describe the time when the Duke of Richmond and himself were just entering on manhood. At the time of his residence in Windsor, 1534, Surrey was about eighteen and the Duke of Richmond about fifteen. 1 * To hove," to Unger about a place in exsectation or hope: same as "to hover."

he Day

« 上一頁繼續 »