Edward de Vere

Edward de Vere
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Edward de Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (12 April 1550 – 24 June 1604) was an Elizabethan courtier, playwright, poet, sportsman, patron of numerous writers, and sponsor of at least two acting companies, Oxford's Men and Oxford's Boys, and a company of musicians. He was born at Castle Hedingham to the 16th Earl of Oxford and the former Margery Golding.

Oxford was one of the leading patrons of the Elizabethan age and, during his lifetime, 33 works were dedicated to the Earl, including publications on religion, philosophy, medicine and music. The focus of his patronage, however, was literary, with 13 of the books presented to him either original or translated works of world literature. ... more »

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  • ''Were I a king, I could command content;
    Were I obscure, hidden should be my cares;
    ''
    Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), British poet. Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. A Choice (l. 1-2). OxBSP. Oxford Book of Short Poe...
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  • ''A doubtful choice, of these three which to crave,
    A kingdom, or a cottage, or a grave.''
    Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford (1550-1604), British poet. Edward De Vere, 17th Earl of Oxford. A Choice (l. 5-6). OxBSP. Oxford Book of Short Poe...
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  • Joshua Aaron Guillory (12/16/2017 2:30:00 AM)

    ''...Noble men and Gentlemen of her Majesty's own servants, who have written excellently well as it would appear if their doings could be found out and made public with the rest, of which number is first that noble Gentleman Edward Earl of Oxford...'' - George Puttenham, 'In Praise of Edward de Vere' (1589)

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Best Poem of Edward de Vere

Fancy And Desire

Come hither shepherd's swayne:
'Sir, what do you require?'
I praye thee, shewe to me thy name.
'My name is Fond Desire.'

When wert thou borne, Desire?
'In pompe and pryme of May.'
By whom, sweet boy, wert thou begot?
'By fond Conceit, men say.'

Tell me, who was thy nurse?
'Fresh Youth in sugred joy.'
What was thy meate and dayly foode?
'Sad sighes with great annoy.'

What hadst thou then to drinke?
'Unsavoury lovers teares.'
What cradle wert thou rocked in?
'In hope devoyde of feares.'

What lulld thee then asleepe?
'Sweete ...

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