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Thursday, 8 February 2018

Of One, who Thinking to Have Wedded a Riche Widowe, Purchased an Unquiet Lyfe by Walter Darrel

I Likt where no love was,
I matcht in hope to gaine,
I sought for swéete, and tasted sowre,
And wedded proude disdaine.
I leade a loathed life,
Exild from present joy.
The yoke of bondage weare I on,
Which threatens mine annoy.
I sayld in seas of griefe,
And washt with waves of woe,
I must abide appointed course,
My fate ordeines it so.
I nowe must weave the web,
Which canckard care hath spun,
And réele up that against my will,
Which youth would gladly shun.
I sowe my séedes in vaine,
I plant on barren stocke,
And nought I get but blossome flowres,
For wealth is under locke.
For this by proofe I finde,
Not well he often spéedes,
That sowes his corne in such a soyle,
Where nothing growes but wéedes.
Thus live I voyde of joy,
And spoyle my youth with age,
My life is worser then the birde,
Which fast is pent in cage.
I leade a sparing life,
The daintie fare I shunne,
And yet I waste, I know not how:
As snowe against the sunne.
A just revenge (no doubt,)
To me for passed life,
For that I live, as I do now,
With such a dogged wife.
Perforce must be content,
Though fate on me do frowne,
I must content me with my lot,
Since fortune kéepes me downe.

From: Darell, Walter, A short discourse of the life of servingmen plainly expressing the way that is best to be followed, and the meanes wherby they may lawfully challenge a name and title in that vocation and fellowship. With certeine letters verie necessarie for servingmen, and other persons to peruse. With diverse pretie inventions in English verse. Hereunto is also annexed a treatise, concerning manners and behaviours, 2009, Text Creation Partnership: Ann Arbor, Michigan and Oxford, pp. [unnumbered]-[unnumbered].

Date: 1578

By: Walter Darell (fl. 1578)