To the King by Thomas Middleton

A harmless game, raised merely for delight,
Was lately played by the Black House and White.
The White side won, but now the Black House brag
They changed the game and put me in the bag–
And that which makes malicious joy more sweet,
I lie now under hatches in the Fleet.
Use but your royal hand, my hopes are free;
‘Tis but removing of one man—that’s me,
Tho. Middleton.

From: Middleton, Thomas; Taylor, Gary and Lavagnino (eds.), Thomas Middleton: The Collected Works, 2010, Oxford University Press: Oxford, p. 1895.
(https://books.google.com.au/books?id=P-rZIXKHkSsC)

Date: 1624

By: Thomas Middleton (1580-1627)

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