Treasure Island

Stephen Hawes

(1474-1523 / England)

Quotations

  • ''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-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''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 with grace and mekeness,''
    Stephen Hawes (1474-1528), British poet. The Pastime of Pleasure (l. 15-19). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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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.

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