Lady Fortune and her Wheel.
British Library Harley MS 4431, f. 129.
Two Poems by Sir Thomas More
* Roper tells us that this was written down with More's usual pencil of coal, on Cromwell's quitting the Tower, after his unsuccessful endeavour to talk him into a subscription to the oath.
Two short Ballads, which Sir Thomas made for his pastime, |
while he was prisoner in the Tower, preserved in Rastell's
edition of his works.
to the tune of "Lewis the lost lover."
Eye-flattering Fortune! look thou ne'er so fair,
Or ne'er so pleasantly begin to smile,
As though thou wouldst my ruin all repair,
During my life thou shalt not me beguile;
Trust shall I God to enter in erewhile,
His haven of havens sure and uniform:—
After a calm I still expect the storm.*
to the tune of "Davy the Dicer."
Long was I, Lady Luck, your serving-man,
And now have lost again all that I gat;
When, therefore, I think of you now and then,
And in my mind remember this and that,
Ye may not blame me, though I shrew your cat;
In faith I bless you, and a thousand times,
For lending me some leisure to make rhymes.
Walter, W. Joseph. Sir Thomas More: His Life and Times. 2nd Ed.
London: Charles Dolman, 1840. 316-7.
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