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The Prodigal Son in the Tavern, c1540.
Circle of Jan Cornelis.



Pastime With Good Company
By Henry VIII

[British Library Additional Ms. 31922, ff.14v-15]

Pastime with good company
I love and shall unto I die;
Grudge who list, but none deny,
So God be pleased thus live will I.
      For my pastance
      Hunt, song, and dance.
            My heart is set:
      All goodly sport
      For my comfort,
            Who shall me let?

Youth must have some dalliance,
Of good or illé some pastance;
Company methinks then best
All thoughts and fancies to dejest:
      For idleness
      Is chief mistress
            Of vices all.
      Then who can say
      But mirth and play
            Is best of all?

Company with honesty
Is virtue vices to flee:
Company is good and ill
But every man hath his free will.
      The best ensue,
      The worst eschew,
            My mind shall be:
      Virtue to use,
      Vice to refuse,
            Shall I use me.




Source:
English Literature: An Illustrated Record. Vol I.
Richard Garnet and Edmund Gosse, Eds.
London: William Heinemann, 1903. 357.




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