Student at Cambridge: ‘A Letter to William Th.’ from A poore knight his pallace of priuate pleasures (1579) FULL TEXT

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Student at Cambridge: ‘A Letter to William Th.’ from A poore knight his pallace of priuate pleasures (1579)

Catalogue Number: 7

Type: Fraternal

Publication: A poore knight his pallace of priuate pleasures Gallantly garnished, with goodly galleries of strang inuentio[n]s and prudently polished, with sundry pleasant posies, [et] other fine fancies of dainty deuices, and rare delightes. Written by a student in Ca[m]bridge. And published by I.C. Gent.  Sig. E1v-E2r.

Year of publication: 1579

Sonnets numbered? No

Sonnets entitled? ‘private pleasures’; ‘letter’

Introductory sonnets: No

Number of sonnets in sequence: 3

Lines per sonnet: 14

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A letter to William Th. who sending to him for a looking glasse, writ vnto him this letter, with the Glasse following.

The Letter.

TO blame my selfe, or pinch mee to the quicke,
To rub the bare, which faine would ranckled lye:
To raise the mier, within the water thicke,
Is all in vaine, experience plainly tice:
To warne of that, as Horace did in Rome:
Erhorting thee from that which I should vse,
That guerdon dew, vnto my share would come:
Which for his hier, Sela could not refuse,
Erhorting those, which then in Rome did stay,
To sober life: when hee a Ruffian was:
Loe euery one, with ready tounge would say,
Scilla, Scilla, seeke to amend thy case:
Amend thy life: a good eample giue,
So wee by thee shall better know to liue.

 

So wée by thee, shall better know to liue,
Whose life wee seeke, whose wordes wee doe not way▪

 

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If I to thee, the like to this should giue,
And thou my hier, with like accompt should pay:
Then were I well rewarded for my paine,
And had enough alotted to my taske:
But this I know, thou neuer wilt disdaine,
For to performe, the sum that I shall aske:
Then sith I trust, to tryall of good will,
Peruse the same, which I to thee haue sent:
Which would I could delate with so much skill:
As hee which first moued mee to this intent,
But here, to him, to thee, to his, to thine:
And as to thee, euen so to mee and mine.

 

And as to thee, euen so to mee and mine,
For thee I doo, accompt among my owne:
And as my owne, from thee shall not decline,
But ioyne in one, whose séedes in one bée sowne:
So read thou this, which cummeth from thy frend,
But as thou reade, remember my good will:
And way this well, which I for thee haue pende,
As for a glasse, to stand before thee still:
And when thou vewest, thy formall face therin,
Though I bée gon, and happely out of minde.
Thus for to muse, on mee thou maist begin,
God rest thy soule, my friend which wert so kinde:
And after if thou canst perceiue thy spot,
To looke in this, my Glasse disdaine thou not.

 

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