The subiect then may well compare, with Prince for pleasaunt daies, whose silent night bringes quiet rest, whose steppes no storme bewraies: (15) How much be we then bound to God, who such prouision makes, to lay our cares vpon the Prince, thus doth he for our sakes, to him therefore let vs lift vp our heartes, and pray amaines, that euery prince that he hath plaste, may long in quiet raigne.
FINIS. W. Hunnis.
Of a contented minde. +
W Hen all is done and said, in the ende thus shall you finde, the moste of all doth bathe in blisse, that hath a quiet minde: And cleere from worldly caress, to deeme can be content, the sweetest time of all this life, in thinking to be spent.
(5) The bodie subiect is, to fickles Fortunes power, And to a million of mishaps, is casuall euery hower: And death in time, doth chaunge it to a clodd of clay, When as the minde which is deuine, runnes neuer to decay.
Companion none is like, vnto the minde alone, (10) For many haue beene harmde by speeche, through thinking few or none Few often times restraineth wordes, but makes no thoughtes to cease, And stays + he speakes best that hath the skill, when for to hold his peace.
Our wealthe leaues vs at death, our kinsmen at the graue, But vertues of the minde, vnto the heauens with vs haue, (15) wherefore for vertues sake, I can be well content, the sweetest time of all my life, to deeme in thinking spent.
FINIS. L. Vaux.
Trie before you trust. +
T O counsell + my estate, abandonde to the spoile, Of forged freendes whose grosest fraude, is set with finest foile: To verefie true dealing wightes, whose trust no treason treades, And all too deare th’acquaintance be, of such most harmefull heades. (5) I am aduised thus, who so doth friend, friend so, As though to morrowe next he feared, for to become a foe.