Stephen Hawes (died 1523), was a popular English poet during the Tudor period who is now little known. He was probably born in Suffolk owing to the commonness of the name in that area and, if his own statement of his age may be trusted, was born about 1474. He was educated at Oxford and travelled in England, Scotland and France. On his return his various accomplishments, especially his most ... more »
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Stephen Hawes Poems
The True Knight
FOR knighthood is not in the feats of warre, As for to fight in quarrel right or wrong, But in a cause which truth can not defarre: He ought himself for to make sure and strong,
The Example of Vertu : Cantos VIII.-XIV.
Dame Sapyence taryed a lytell whyle Behynd the other saynge to Dyscrecyon And began on her to laugh and smyle
The Pastime of Pleasure
The good Dame Mercy with Dame Charyte My body buryed full ryght humbly In a fayre temple of olde antyquyte, Where was for me a dyryge devoutely
The Cōuercyon of Swerers
The fruytfull sentence & the noble werkes To our doctryne wryten in olde antyquyte By many grete and ryght notable clerkes
The Example of Vertu : Cantos I.-VII.
Whan I aduert in my remembraunce The famous draughtes of poetes eloquent Whiche theyr myndes dyd well enhaunce Bokes to contryue that were expedyent
The Cōforte of Louers
The gentyll poetes/vnder cloudy fygures Do touche a trouth/and clokeit subtylly Harde is to cōstrue poetycall scryptures
The Pastime of Pleasure : The First Part...
Ryyght myghty prynce / & redoubted souerayne Saylynge forthe well / in the shyppe of grace Ouer the wawes / of this lyfe vncertayne
The Tower of Doctrine - (from the Histor...
I loked about, and sawe a craggy roche Farre in the west, neare to the element; And as I dyd then unto it approche,
Go lytell treatyse deuoyde of eloquence Tremblynge for drede to approche the maieste Of our souerayne lorde surmountynge in excellence
A Ioyfull medytacyon to all Englonde of ...
The prudent problems/& the noble werkes Of the gentyll poetes in olde antyquyte Unto this day hath made famous clerkes
O MORTAL folk, you may behold and see How I lie here, sometime a mighty knight; The end of joy and all prosperitee Is death at last, thorough his course and might:
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The True Knight
FOR knighthood is not in the feats of warre,
As for to fight in quarrel right or wrong,
But in a cause which truth can not defarre:
He ought himself for to make sure and strong,
Justice to keep mixt with mercy among:
And no quarrell a knight ought to take
But for a truth, or for the common's sake.