The Time of Youth is to be Spent

Original Text: 
British Library Add. MS 31922, fols. 28v-29 (attributed to Henry VIII); and John Stevens, Music & Poetry in the Early Tudor Court (London: Methuen, 1961): 392.
1The time of youth is to be spent
4Which one may use and vice deny.
6Those should we covet, win who can,
7As feats of arms and such other
8Whereby activeness one may utter.
10For thereby courage is surely out fet.
11Virtue it is then youth for to spend


2] forfent: forbidden. Back to Line
3] nought: "know it." Back to Line
5] And: if. Back to Line
9] Comparisons: competitions? Back to Line
12] fend: defend. Back to Line
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
RPO 1997.