George Gascoigne

(1535 – 7 October 1577 / Cardington, Bedfordshire)

Poems of George Gascoigne

21. You must not wonder, though you think it strange 1/1/2004

The Steel Glass

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O knights, O squires, O gentle bloods yborn,
You were not born all only for yourselves:
Your country claims some part of all your pains.
There should you live, and therein should you toil
To hold up right and banish cruel wrong,
To help the poor, to bridle back the rich,
To punish vice, and virtue to advance,
To see God serv'd and Belzebub suppres'd.

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