Of a pure conscience. +Author: unattributed. Structure (May/Ringler): 4: abab8
A Conscience pure withouten spot, That knoweth it selfe for to beebéefree:frée:Of slaunders lothsome reketh notIs not injured by loathsome slanders , A brazen wallwall as strong as brass full well may bee.
Of frendship founde by chaunce. +Author: unattributed. Structure (May/Ringler): 6: sx8
T He frendship found by chaunce is such, As often chaunce is seeneséene to chaunge: And therfore trust it not to much, Ne make therof a gaine to straungeNor make of this friendship a gift that will alter you : (5) For proofe hath taught by hapfortune is had, Sometime as well the good as bad.
Of good will got by due desert. +That is, the rewards of worthiness that are due to me. Author: unattributed. Structure (May/Ringler): 6: ababcc8
B Ut I suppose the same good will, That once by good desart is got: That fancy findes by reasons skill, And time shall try withouten spot, (5) Is such as harde is to beebée gayned, And woorthy got to beebée retayned.
Of flatterers and faythfull friendes. +Author: unattributed. Structure (May/Ringler): 6: sx.
T He finest tongue can tel the smoothest tale, The hottest fiers haue ofte the highest smoke: The hardiest knightes the soonest will assaile, The strongest armes can giue the sturdest stroke (5) The wysest men be thought of greatest skill, And poorest freendesfréendes be found of most goodwill.
Of a vertuous, life, age, and death. +Author: unattributed. Structure (May/Ringler): 4: abab10
G Od wotknows my freendfréend our life full soone decayes, And vertue voydes no wrinkels from the facevirtue does not prevent a wrinkled face : Approching age by no entreatie stayes, And death vntamed, will graunt no man grace.
A proper Posie for a Handkercher. +Author: unattributed. Structure (May/Ringler): 2: aa8
Fancy is fearce, Desire is bolde, Will is wilfull, but Reason is colde.