Biography of Nicholas Breton
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.
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Nicholas Breton Poems
A Shepherd's Dream
A silly shepherd lately sat Among a flock of sheep; Where musing long on this and that,
Aglaia: A Pastoral
Sylvan Muses, can ye sing Of the beauty of the Spring? Have ye seen on earth that sun That a heavenly course hath run?
An Odd Conceit
Lovely kind, and kindly loving, Such a mind were worth the moving; Truly fair, and fairly true-
Pretty Twinkling Starry Eyes
Pretty twinkling starry eyes! How did Nature first devise Such a sparkling in your sight As to give Love such delight
The worldly prince doth in his sceptre hold A kind of heaven in his authorities; The wealthy miser, in his mass of gold,
Phillida And Coridon
IN the merry month of May, In a morn by break of day, Forth I walk'd by the wood-side When as May was in his pride:
A Sweet Pastoral
Good Muse, rock me asleep With some sweet harmony; The weary eye is not to keep Thy wary company.
A Quarrel With Love
Oh that I could write a story Of love's dealing with affection! How he makes the spirit sorry
On a hill there grows a flower, Fair befall the dainty sweet! By that flower there is a bower Where the heavenly Muses meet.
Say that I should say I love ye, Would you say 'tis but a saying? But if love in prayers move ye, Will ye not be moved with praying?
Foolish love is only folly; Wanton love is too unholy; Greedy love is covetous; Idle love is frivolous;
A Cradle Song, The Arbor Of Amorous Devi...
COME little babe, come silly soul, Thy father's shame, thy mother's grief, Born as I doubt to all our dole, And to thyself unhappy chief:
Another Of The Same (A Report Song In A ...
Say that I should say I love ye, Would you say 'tis but a saying? But if Love in prayers move ye, Will ye not be moved with praying?
Corydon's Supplication To Phyllis
Sweet Phyllis, if a silly swain May sue to thee for grace, See not thy loving shepherd slain With looking on thy face;
Sweet birds! that sit and sing among the shady valleys,
And see how sweetly Phyllis walks amid her garden alleys,
Go round about her bower, and sing as ye are bidden:
To her is only known his faith that from the world is hidden,
And she among you all that hath the sweetest voice,
Go chirp of him that never told, yet never changed, his voice.
And not forget his faith that lived forever loved
Yet never made his fancy known, nor ever favor moved;