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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A Pastoral.

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;

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