Henry King

(16 January 1592 – 30 September 1669 / Worminghall, Buckinghamshire)

Henry King Poems

1. A Contemplation Upon Flowers 1/1/2004
2. Exequy On His Wife 1/1/2004
3. A Renunciation 1/1/2004
4. The Exequy 12/31/2002
5. Sic Vita 4/20/2010
6. An Elegy Upon The Most Victorious King Of Sweden Gustavus Adolphus 4/20/2010
7. An Elegy Upon S. W. R. 4/20/2010
8. An Epitaph On Niobe Turned To Stone 4/20/2010
9. An Elegy Upon Mrs. Kirk Unfortunately Drowned In Thames 4/20/2010
10. Another Of The Same, Paraphrased For An Antheme 4/20/2010
11. Being Waked Out Of My Sleep By A Snuff Of Candle Which Offended Me, I Thus Thought 4/20/2010
12. Athe Anniverse. An Elegy. 4/20/2010
13. Loves Harvest 4/20/2010
14. Madam Gabrina, Or The Ill-Favourd Choice 4/20/2010
15. An Elegy Upon The Immature Loss Of The Most Vertuous Lady Anne Rich 4/20/2010
16. An Acknowledgment 4/20/2010
17. An Elegy Upon The L. Bishop Of London John King 4/20/2010
18. An Elegy Upon The Death Of Mr. Edward Holt 4/20/2010
19. By Occasion Of The Young Prince His Happy Birth 4/20/2010
20. An Elegy Upon The Most Incomparable K. Charles The First 4/20/2010
21. An Epitaph On His Most Honoured Friend Richard Earl Of Dorset 4/20/2010
22. An Elegy Occasioned By The Losse Of The Most Incomparable Lady Stanhope, Daughter To The Earl Of Northumberland 4/20/2010
23. The Surrender 4/20/2010
24. An Elegy Upon My Best Friend L. K. C. 4/20/2010
25. A Penitential Hymne 4/20/2010
26. A Salutation Of His Majesties Ship The Soveraign 4/20/2010
27. An Essay On Death And A Prison 4/20/2010
28. My Midnight Meditation 4/20/2010
29. On The Earl Of Essex 4/20/2010
30. The Departure. An Elegy. 4/20/2010
31. Sonnet. To Patience 4/20/2010
32. Upon A Table-Book Presented To A Lady 4/20/2010
33. Sonnet. Tell Me You Stars That Our Affections Move 4/20/2010
34. To His Friends Of Christ-Church Upon The Mislike Of The Marriage Of The Arts Acted At Woodstock 4/20/2010
35. Psalm Cxvii. 4/20/2010
36. Upon A Braid Of Hair In A Heart Sent By Mrs. E. H. 4/20/2010
37. To A. R. Vpon The Same 4/20/2010
38. Paradox. That It Is Best For A Young Maid To Marry An Old Man 4/20/2010
39. Psalm Cl. 4/20/2010
40. To My Dead Friend Ben Johnson 4/20/2010
Best Poem of Henry King

A Contemplation Upon Flowers

BRAVE flowers--that I could gallant it like you,
And be as little vain!
You come abroad, and make a harmless show,
And to your beds of earth again.
You are not proud: you know your birth:
For your embroider'd garments are from earth.

You do obey your months and times, but I
Would have it ever Spring:
My fate would know no Winter, never die,
Nor think of such a thing.
O that I could my bed of earth but view
And smile, and look as cheerfully as you!

O teach me to see Death and not to fear,
But rather to take truce!
How ...

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Exequy On His Wife

ACCEPT, thou shrine of my dead saint,
Instead of dirges this complaint;
And for sweet flowers to crown thy herse
Receive a strew of weeping verse
From thy grieved friend, whom thou might'st see
Quite melted into tears for thee.
Dear loss! since thy untimely fate,
My task hath been to meditate
On thee, on thee! Thou art the book,

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