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Tuesday, 18 July 2017

The Authors Farewell to England, and to his Most Intier Friend I. M. Esquyer by Thomas Bradshaw

The growing hatred of my deadly foe,
Which groning lamentation would forgo:
Doth more inforce me when I weep & waile,
As doth the roaring wind the raging saile.
And as the tempest is increast with raine:
So watrie teares my dririe cares maintaine.
The sprowts of yong invention limber shake,
Like Willowes made by calmest gale to quake.
Mistres Experience, youthfull wittes shee rypes:
But all her knowledge costeth pinching strypes.
Jove all my labours bringeth unto nought:
For that against his will my wit hath wrought.
Wit learne to will, not by sinistier driftes:
Wit learne to will, not by thy privie shiftes.
Learne wit to will, not by unlawfull helpes:
Learne wit that will is one of Carelesse whelps.
And as a thing untimely brought to light:
Which being blind, is fittest for the night.
For when in secret bed like grave I lye,
Thoughts aptest are unfittest things to spye.
Wit learne to will all things encounter will
Wit learne to will thy base intents to kill.
Learne wit to will no more wealth by deceit,
Lest wit & will be caught with beggers beight.
Tall Cedars, Pyne trees, & aspiring states,
Have humble shrubs & valleis to their mates.
When whirling winde on high things taketh hold:
Then in the vale is lesser blast of cold.
The meane betwixt both high and lowe is best:
Therein the Author setteth up his rest.

From: Bradshaw, Thomas, The shepherds starre now of late seene, and at this hower to be obserued merueilous orient in the East: which bringeth glad tydings to all that may behold her brightnes, hauing the foure elements with the foure capitall vertues in her, which makes her elementall and a vanquishor of all earthly humors. Described by a gentleman late of the right worthie and honorable the Lord Burgh, his companie & retinue in the Briell in North-holland, 1591, Robert Robinson for William Jones: London, p. [unnumbered].

Date: 1591

By: Thomas Bradshaw (fl. 1591)