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Stephen Hawes

(1474-1523 / England)

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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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  • ''O mortal folk, you may behold and see
    How I lie here, sometime a mighty knight;
    The end of joy and all prosperity
    Is death at last, thorough his course and might;''
    Stephen Hawes (1474-1528), British poet. The Pastime of Pleasure (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Co...
  • in your mind inwardly despise
    The brittle world so full of doubleness,
    With the vile flesh, and right soon arise
    Out of your sleep of mortal heaviness;
    Subdue the devil wit...
    Stephen Hawes (1474-1528), British poet. The Pastime of Pleasure (l. 15-19). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-...
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