English poetry

Poems in English


THE OLD WIVES' PRAYER

Holy-Rood, come forth and shield Us i’ th’ city and the field; Safely guard us, now and aye, From the […]

Draw-gloves

At draw-gloves we’ll play, And prithee let’s lay A wager, and let it be this : Who first to the […]

Up Scoble

Scobble for whoredom whips his wife and cries He’ll slit her nose; but blubbering she replies, “Good sir, make no […]

UPON THE LOSS OF HIS MISTRESSES

I have lost, and lately, these Many dainty mistresses: Stately Julia, prime of all; Sapho next, a principal: Smooth Anthea, […]

THE PLAUDITE, OR END OF LIFE

If after rude and boisterous seas My wearied pinnace here finds ease; If so it be I’ve gain’d the shore, […]

THE HAG

The Hag is astride, This night for to ride, The devil and she together; Through thick and through thin, Now […]

TO HIS CONSCIENCE

Can I not sin, but thou wilt be My private protonotary? Can I not woo thee, to pass by A […]

UPON JULIA'S CLOTHES

Whenas in silks my Julia goes, Till, then, methinks, how sweetly flows That liquefaction of her clothes! Next, when I […]

DELIGHT IN DISORDER

A sweet disorder in the dress Kindles in clothes a wantonness; A lawn about the shoulders thrown Into a fine […]

Upon Parson Beanes

Old Parson Beanes hunts six days of the week, And on the seventh, he has his notes to seek. Six […]

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