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Bernardino Licinio. Allegory of Love. c1520.
Bernardino Licinio. Allegory of Love. c1520.

"If Love Now Reigned as it Hath Been"
by King Henry VIII

[BM Add. Ms. 31922, ff 48v-49]

If love now reynyd as it hath bene
And war rewardit as it hath sene,1

Nobyll men then wold suer enserch2
All ways wherby thay myght it rech;

Butt envy3 reynyth with such dysdayne,
And causith lovers outwardly to refrayne,

Which puttes them to more and more
Inwardly most grevous and sore:

The faut4 in whom I cannot sett;
But let them tell which love doth gett.

To lovers I put now suer this cace —
Which of ther lovers doth get them grace?

And unto them which doth it know
Better than do I, I thynk it so.5

1. sene: 'since', i.e. in the old days (?)
2. enserch: search out
3. envy: malice
4. faut: fault
5. I thynk it so: i.e. I am conscious of speaking to experts

Stevens, John. Music and Poetry in the Earl Tudor Court.
London: Methuen and Co. Ltd, 1961. 403.

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Queen Catherine of Aragon
Queen Anne Boleyn
Queen Jane Seymour
Queen Anne of Cleves
Queen Catherine Howard
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The Children of Henry VIII
Henry Fitzroy, Duke of Richmond
King Edward VI
Queen Mary I
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