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Nicholas Breton

(1546 - 1626 / England)

Quotations

  • ''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).
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  • ''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) Oxford University Press.
  • ''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. (1972) Oxford University Press.
  • ''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
    From this thy father's quality.''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. Come, little babe, come, silly soul (l. 43-48). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
  • ''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. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Come little babe, come silly soul,
    Thy father's shame, thy mother's grief,''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. Come, little babe, come, silly soul (l. 1-2). . . New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Much ado there was, God wot,
    He would love and she would not.
    She said, never man was true;
    He said, none was false to you.''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. The Honourable Entertainment Given to the Queen's Majesty in Progress at Elvetham, 1591. . . Attributed to Breton and others New Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1950. Helen Gardner, ed. (1972) Oxford University Press.
  • ''Thus much for thy assurance know; a hollow friend is but a hellish foe.''
    Nicholas Breton (c. 1545-1626), British author, poet. repr. In Works in Verse and Prose of Nicholas Breton, vol. 2 (1879). The Mother's Blessing (1602-1603).
  • ''Who can live in heart so glad
    As the merry country lad?''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. The Passionate Shepherd (l. 43-48). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.
  • ''While he hears in every spring
    How the birds do chirp and sing:
    Or before the hounds in cry
    See the hare go stealing by:
    Or along the shallow brook,
    Angling with a baited hook,
    See the fishes leap and play
    In a blessed sunny day:''
    Nicholas Breton (1542-1626), British poet. The Passionate Shepherd (l. 43-48). . . Oxford Book of Sixteenth Century Verse, The. E. K. Chambers, comp. (1932) Oxford University Press.

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The Passionate Shepherd

Who can live in heart so glad
As the merry country lad?
Who upon a fair green balk
May at pleasure sit and walk,
And amid the azure skies
See the morning sun arise;
While he hears in every spring
How the birds do chirp and sing;
Or before the hounds in cry

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