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Stephen Hawes

(1474-1523 / England)

Quotations

  • ''O mortal folk, you may behold and see
    How I lie here, sometime a mighty knight;
    The end of joy and all prosperity
    Is death at last, thorough his course and might;''
    Stephen Hawes (1474-1528), British poet. The Pastime of Pleasure (l. 1-4). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.
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  • ''in your mind inwardly despise
    The brittle world so full of doubleness,
    With the vile flesh, and right soon arise
    Out of your sleep of mortal heaviness;
    Subdue the devil with grace and mekeness,''
    Stephen Hawes (1474-1528), British poet. The Pastime of Pleasure (l. 15-19). . . Oxford Book of English Verse, The, 1250-1918. Sir Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. (New ed., rev. and enl., 1939) Oxford University Press.

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An Epitaph

O MORTAL folk, you may behold and see
How I lie here, sometime a mighty knight;
The end of joy and all prosperitee
   Is death at last, thorough his course and might:
   After the day there cometh the dark night,
   For though the daye be never so long,
   At last the bells ringeth to evensong.

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