And by his side rode loathsome Gluttony, Deforme' d creature, on a filthy swine.
1590 The Faerie Queen, bk.1, canto 4, stanza 21.
And he that strives to touch the stars, Oft stumbles at a straw.Edmund Spenser
Most glorious Lord of Life, that on this day,
Didst make Thy triumph over death and sin;
And having harrowed hell, didst bring away
Captivity thence captive, us to win.
He that strives to touch a star, oft stumbles at a straw.Edmund Spenser
So passeth, in the passing of a day, Of mortal life, the leaf, the bud, the flower; No more doth flourish after first decay, That erst was sought to deck both bed and bower Of many a lady and many a paramour. Gather therefore the rose whilst yet in prime, For soon comes age that will her pride deflower. Gather the rose of love whilst yet in time, Whilst loving thou mayst loved be with equal crime.Edmund Spenser
Of all God's works, which do this world adorn, There is no one more fair and excellent, Then is mans body both for power and form, Whiles it is kept in sober government.Edmund Spenser
The merry cuckoo, messenger of Spring, His trumpet shrill hath thrice already sounded.Edmund Spenser
Yet is that glass so gay, that it can blind The wisest sight, to think gold that is brass.Edmund Spenser
The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known. For a man by nothing is so well bewrayed, As by his manners.Edmund Spenser
I learned have, not to despise,What ever thing seemes small in common eyes.Edmund Spenser
For of the soule the bodie forme doth take;For the soule is forme, and doth the bodie make.Edmund Spenser
Fierce warres and faithfull loves shall moralize my song.Edmund Spenser
And as she lookt about, she did behold,How over that same dore was likewise writ,Be bold, be bold, and every where Be bold,That much she muz'd, yet could not construe itBy any ridling skill, or commune wit.At last she spyde at that same roomes upper end,Another yron dore, on which was writ,Be not too bold.Edmund Spenser
Ay me, how many perils doe enfoldThe righteous man to make him daily fall!Edmund Spenser
For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise, And weigh the winde that under heaven doth blow; Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise; Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth flow.Edmund Spenser
And thus of all my harvest-hope I have Nought reaped but a weedye crop of care.Edmund Spenser
Her angel's face, As the great eye of heaven, shyned bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place.Edmund Spenser
O happy earth, Whereon thy innocent feet doe ever tread!Edmund Spenser
The paynefull smith, with force of fervent heat, The hardest yron soone doth mollify, That with his heavy sledge he can it beat, And fashion it to what he it list apply.Edmund Spenser
Dan Chaucer, well of English undefyled, On Fame's eternall beadroll worthie to be fyled.Edmund Spenser
Like as a feareful partridge, that is fledd From the sharpe hauke which her attacked neare, And falls to ground to seeke for succor theare, Whereas the hungry spaniells she does spye, With greedy jawes her ready for to teare.Edmund Spenser
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