A Sweet Nosegay, or Pleasant Poesy, Containing a Hundred and Ten Philosophical Flowers

Original Text: 
Isabella Whitney, A Sweet Nosgay, or Pleasant Posye: Contayning a Hundred and Ten Phylosophicall Flowers (London: Richard Jones, 1573): b5v, b7r, b8r, c1v, c3v, c4v.
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141Those strokes which mates in mirth do give
142        do seem to be but light,
143Although sometime they leave a sign
144        seems grievous to the sight.
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205He that is void of any friend,
206        him company to keep,
207Walks in a world of wilderness,
208        full fraught with dangers deep.
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249Each lover knoweth what he likes
250        and what he doth desire,
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303That to their selves they seem as dead
304        yet live in other bodies.
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385Ask nothing of thy neighbour that
386        thou wouldst not let him have:
387Nor say him nay of that which thou
388        wouldst get if thou didst crave.
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421Two eyes, two ears, and but one tongue
422        Dame Nature hath us framed
423That we might see and hear much more
424        than should with tongue be named.
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429Seek not each man to please, for that
430        is more than God bids do:
431Please thou the best, and neuer care,
432        what wicked say thereto.

Notes

251] seld: seldom. Back to Line
252] require: insist on. Back to Line
301] fond: foolish. Back to Line
302] noddies: idiots. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1573
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2003
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