HENRY HOWARD, EARL OF SURREY
Paris Bordone. Allegory (Mars, Venus, Flora, and Cupid). c1560.
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
THE FRAILTY AND HURTFULNESS OF
1 In the Harrington MS. this poem is attributed to Lord Vaux.
BRITTLE beauty, that Nature made so frail,|
Whereof the gift is small, and short the season ;
Flowering to-day, to-morrow apt to fail ;
Tickle treasure, abhorred of reason :
Dangerous to deal with, vain, of none avail ;
Costly in keeping, past not worth two peason ;2
Slipper in sliding, as is an eel's tail ;
Hard to obtain, once gotten, not geason :3
Jewel of jeopardy, that peril doth assail ;
False and untrue, enticed oft to treason ;
Enemy to youth, that most may I bewail ;
Ah ! bitter sweet, infecting as the poison,
Thou farest as fruit that with the frost is taken ;
To-day ready ripe, tomorrow all to-shaken.
2 Two pease.
3 Rare, or uncommon.
Surrey, Henry Howard, Earl of.
The Poetical Works of Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey.
Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1854. 13.
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