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Nicholas Breton

(1546 - 1626 / England)

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Nicholas Brenton gives a new twist to the story of Eve; since she was a part of Adam, "was she any other than himself that deceived himself?"

Between 1575 and his death he published over 30 individual collections of verse, three prose fictions and at least 25 pamphlets and miscellaneous works. more »

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  • ''I wish my deadly foe no worse
    Than want of friends, and empty purse.''
    Nicholas Breton (c.1545-1626), British author, poet. repr. In Works in Verse and Prose of Nicholas Breton, vol. 1 (1879). "A Farewell to Town," (1577)...
  • ''Shall we go dance the hay, the hay?
    Never pipe could ever play
    Better shepherd's roundelay.''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. A Report Song (l. 1-3). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972)...
  • ''Shall we go learn to kiss, to kiss?
    Never heart could ever miss
    Comfort, where true meaning is.''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. A Report Song (l. 10-12). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (197...
  • Come, little boy, and rock asleep;
    Sing lullaby and be thou still;
    I, that can do naught else but weep,
    Will sit by thee and wail my fill:
    God bless my babe, and lullaby <...
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. Come, little babe, come, silly soul (l. 43-48). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. H...
  • ''dost thou smile? O, thy sweet face!
    Would God Himself He might thee see!—
    No doubt thou wouldst soon purchase grace,
    I know right well, for thee and me:''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. Come, little babe, come, silly soul (l. 19-22). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. H...
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