Posts tagged ‘1599’

Wednesday, 21 March 2018

Verses 1-4 of “Caltha Poetarum: Or, The Bumble Bee” by Tailboys Dymoke (Thomas Cutwode)

My Herball booke in Folio I unfold,
I pipe of Plants, I sing of sōmer flowers,
But chiefly on the Mayden Marygold,
and of the Daisie, both brave Belamours:
Trophies for Kings, Imprese for Emperours,
Garlands to beare upon the brave Ensignes
Of Knights, of Peeres, of princely Palladines.

Then (Flora) come thou florishing fair Queen,
oh child of Maia thou must be my Muse,
To gird my temples with thy gawdy greene,
and with thy fuming flowers my front infuse
With Roses, Paunsyes, Pinks, as Poets use
With Lawrer Bay, and Baucis never old,
For to attend my Virgin Mary-gold.

Lend me thy Purple and the Pall depainted,
thy faire enameld mantle thou didst weare,
Whē first thou cam’st Idolatryz’d & sainted,
installed by the bewtie of the yeare:
Oh lend to me that garment and that geare,
So that my verses they may sweetly smell,
And I above all sivet may excell:

And you (fair damsels) you who danc’t that day
when heavenly Flora first was holified,
That mightie mistres, this same child of May,
come hither sweetings, come sit by my syde:
Tune to my song and see what will betyde,
Bring timbrils, pipe & harpe, & heare me play,
And lye thee a while, and listen to my lay.

From: Cutwode, T., Caltha Poetarum: or, The Bumble Bee, 1815, Joseph and Benjamin Bensley: London, pp. [unnumbered].

Date: 1599

By: Tailboys Dymoke (Thomas Cutwode) (1561-c1602/3)

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Rivers by Thomas Storer

Fair Danubie is praised for being wide;
Nilus commended for the sevenfold head;
Euphrates for the swiftness of the tide,
And for the garden whence his course is led;
The banks of Rhine with vines are overspread:
Take Loire and Po, yet all may not compare
With English Thamesis for buildings rare.


Date: 1599

By: Thomas Storer (c1571-1604)

Tuesday, 12 May 2015

A Sonnet of Love by Alexander Hume (with copious notes by flusteredduck)

Not lawfull love, bot lecherie I lacke:
Not women wise, but witlesse I disdaine:
Not constant trueth, but tromperie I detract:
Not innocence, but insolence prophaine:
Not blessed bands, but secreite working vaine:
As Pyramus and Thisbe1 tuike2 on hand,
As Jason and Medea made their traine3,
As Dæmophon and foolish Phillis4 fand5,
As Hercules at lolëes command6,
Which like a wife for love sat downe to spin.
And finally all follie I gainstand7,
Which may allure the heart to shame or sin:
Beware with vice, be not the cause of ill,
Sine8 speak, & sport, look, laugh, & love your fill.

1 Pyramus and Thisbe fell in love through a crack in the wall between their two homes Thisbe was married at the time. Both lovers ended up killing themselves after a misunderstanding. They are associated with mulberries which are said to have gained their colour in tribute to their deaths.
tuike – touch, stroke, hit (as in drum).
traine – deceit, treachery, betrayal – as in Jason betraying Medea by leaving her and their children to further his ambitions and Medea betraying him in turn by murdering their children.
Dæmophon and foolish Phillis were another pair of doomed lovers. Dæmophon married Phyllis then left her promising to return. As he left, Phyllis gave him a casket and told him to only open it if he never meant to return. He never returned and Phyllis either died of grief or killed herself. When Dæmophon opened the casket, its contents so horrified him that he fled and ended up falling on his sword and killing himself. In another version of the myth, Phyllis was turned into an almond tree as she waited for him. The almond tree blossomed only when he returned and put his arms around it.
fand – found.
Hercules at lolëes command – Hercules fell in love with Iole and, at the time of this poem, it was believed that he had dressed as one of her serving women and sat down amongst them to spin. This was a popular symbol during the Renaissance for the emasculating power of love and women’s sexuality. The story of Hercules’ spinning is thought to have been conflated with the story of another of Hercules’ lovers, Omphale. Iole, however, is considered to be the indirect cause of Hercules’ death.
gainstand – oppose.
8 sine – then.

From: Hume, Alexander and Lawson, Alexander (ed.), The Poems of Alexander Hume (?1557-1609), Edited from the Text of Waldegrave (1599) with Notes, Appendices, and Glossary, 1902, Scottish Society (Blackwood and Sons): Edinburgh, p. 9.

Date: 1599

By: Alexander Hume (?1557-1609)

Friday, 11 April 2014

Hymne V: To the Larke by John Davies

Earley, cheerfull, mounting Larke,
Light’s gentle vsher, Morning’s dark,
In merry notes delighting
Stint awhile thy song, and harke,
And learne my new inditing.

Beare vp this hymne, to heau’n it beare,
Euen vp to heau’n, and sing it there,
To heau’n each morning beare it;
Haue it set to some sweet sphere,
And let the Angels heare it.

Renownd Astrsea, that great name,
Exceeding great in worth and fame,
Great worth hath so renownd it;
It is Astraea’s name I praise,
Now then, sweet Larke, do thou it raise,
And in high Heauen resound it.

From: Davies, Sir John, The Complete Poems of Sir John Davies. Edited, with Memorial-Introduction and Notes by the Rev. Alexander B. Grosart. In Two Volumes – Vol. I., 1876, Chatto and Windus: London, p. 133.

Date: 1599

By: John Davies (c1569-1626)

Saturday, 2 November 2013

The Argument. Sonnet by James I of England and VI of Scotland (with nearly modern English version by flusteredduck)

God giues not Kings the stile of Gods in vaine,
For on his Throne his Scepter doe they swey:
And as their subjects ought them to obey,
So Kings should feare and serue their God againe
If then ye would enjoy a happie raigne,
Obserue the Statutes of your heauenly King,
And from his Law, make all your Lawes to spring:
Since his Lieutenant here ye should remain,
Reward the iust, be stedfast, true, and plaine,
Represse the proud, maintayning aye the right,
Walke alwayes so, as euer in his sight,
Who guardes the godly, plaguing the prophane:
And so ye shall in Princely vertues shine,
Resembling right your mightie King Diuine.


Date: 1599

By: James I of England and VI of Scotland (1566-1625)

God gives not Kings the style of gods in vain,
For on his Throne his Sceptre they hold sway
And as their subjects ought them to obey,
So Kings should fear and serve their God again
If then you would enjoy a happy reign,
Observe the Statutes of your heavenly King,
And from his Law, make all your Laws to spring.
Since his Lieutenant here you should remain,
Reward the just, be steadfast, true and plain,
Repress the proud, maintaining all the right,
Walk always so, as ever in his sight,
Who guards the godly, plaguing the profane.
And so you shall in Princely virtues shine,
Resembling right your mighty King Divine.