George Gascoigne: ‘Terza Sequenza’ from ‘The Adventures of Maister F. I.’ in A hundreth sundrie flowres (1573)
Catalogue Number: 3
Publication: A hundreth sundrie flowres bounde up in one small poesie Gathered partely (by translation) in the fyne outlandish gardins of Euripides, Ouid, Petrarke, Ariosto, and others: and partly by inuention, out of our owne fruitefull orchardes in Englande: yelding sundrie svveete sauours of tragical, comical, and morall discourses … pp. 211-12
Year of publication: 1573
Sonnets numbered? No
Sonnets entitled? No
Introductory sonnets: No
Number of sonnets in sequence: 3
Lines per sonnet: 14
Mystres (quod he) and I perceiue now, y• good hap haūts me, for being by lack of oportunitie constreined to cōmit my welfare vnto these blabbing leaues of bewraying pa∣pe (shewing y• in his hand) I am here recōforted wt happy view of my desired ioye, & therewithall reuerētly kissing his hand, did softly distreine hir slende arme & so stayed hir departure. The first blow thus profered & defended, they walked & talked trauersing diuers wayes, wherein I doubt not but y• my friend. F.I. could quit himself reso∣nably well. And though it stood not with duty of a friend that I should therin require to know hir secrets, yet of
him self he declared thus much, that after long talke shée was contented to accept his proferd seruice, but yet still disabling hir self, and séeming to maruell what cause had moued him to subiect his libertie so wilfully, or at least in a prison (as she termed it) so vnworthy. Whereunto I néede not rehearse his answere, but suppose now, y• thus they departed: sauing I had forgotten this, shée required of him the last rehearsed letter, saying that his frist was lost, & now she lacked a new bottome for hir silke, the which I warrāt you, he graūted: and so profering to take an humble congé by Bezo las manos, shée graciously gaue him the zuccado dez labros: and so for then departed. And therupō recōpting hir words, he cōpyled these following, which he termed Terza sequenza, to swéet Mystres SHE.
Tyll then and euer. HE. F. I.
WHen he had wel sorted this sequence, he sought opor∣tunitie to leaue it where she might finde it before it were lost. And now the coles begā to kindle, wherof (but ere whyle) she feig•ed hir self altogither ignorant. The flames began to break out on euery syde: & she to quench them, shut vp hir selfe in hir chamber solitarely.