A S CypresCypress tree that rent istorn up by the roote, As branch or slippeshoot from a tree, bush bereftforcibly removed from fromfrōwhence whēce it growes As wel sowenwell sown seede for drought that can not sprout As gaping ground that raineles can not close (5) As moulesmoles that want the earth to do them boteboot, good As fishe on land to whom no water flowes, As Thameleon +Chameleon, for other uses of this figure, see also: Poetical Rhapsody , ‘Madrigall 4’, l. 6: ‘Camelion-like’; * George Turberville, ‘To his mistres, declaring his life only to depend of her lookes’, Tragical Tales (1587): ‘Chameleon feedes but on the ayre,/the lacke whereof is his decay’ (fol. 149v); from Pliny, Natural History , VIII.122, ‘ipse celcus hianti semper ore solus animulium nec cibo nec potu alitur nec alio quam aeris alimento…’, ‘It holds itself erect with its mouth always wide open, and it is the only animal that does not live on food or drink or anything else but the nutriment that it derives from the air…’ that lackes the aier so soteair so sweet , As flowers do fade when Phebus rarest showesrarely shows . As Salamandra repulsed from the fire: + For other uses of this figure, see also: Handful , ‘A proper sonnet’, l. 17: ‘Salamander’ *, England’s Helicon , ‘The Shepherd Eurymachus to his fair shepherdess’, l. 33: ‘A Salamander’ *; Poetical Rhapsody , ‘Ode IX’, l. 8: ‘The Salamander’ *; and GeorgeTurberville, ‘To his mistres, declaring his life only to depend of her lookes’, Tragical Tales (1587), ‘The Salamander cannot liue/without the help of flaming fire:/To bath his limmes in burning coals, it is his glee and chiefe desire’; from Pliny, Natural History , X.188, ‘sicut salamandrae, animal lacertae figura, … huic tantus rigor ut ignem tactu restinguat non alio modo quam glacies’, ‘for instance salamanders, a creature shaped like a lizard,… It is so chilly that it puts out fire by its contact, in the same way as ice does’. (10) So wanting my wish I dye for my desire
A happy end excedeth all plea- sures and riches of the world. +See the Latin tag ‘Nemo felix ante obitum’, ‘call no man happy until he is dead’; see also Thomas Howell, ‘The Commendation of the meane in all thinges’, Newe Sonets and pretie Pamphlets (1570): ‘As meane in Musicke soundeth best,/So meane estate liues most in rest:/… Contented meane exceedeth all’ (sig. C3v). Another copy in: ARUND: Harrington, Temp. Eliz., c. 1550-92, fol. 182v-3v (48 lines). Author: unattributed. Structure: 8: ababccdd8
T He shining season here to some, The glory in the worldes sight, Renowmed fame through fortune wonne The glitteryng golde the eyes delight, (5) The sensuall life that semes so swete, The hart with ioyful dayes replete, The thyng wherto eche wightman is thrallbondage , The happy ende exceadeth all.
Against an vnstedfast woman. +Other copies in: L: Add. 28635, fol. 139v and ARUND: Harrington, Temp. Eliz., c. 1550-92, fol. 212v. Author: attributed to ‘L Vawse’ (Lord Thomas Vaux) in L: Add. 28635. Structure: 6: ababcc10
O Temerous tauntresrash, foolhardy, taunting woman that delights in toyes Tumbling cockboatdenotes the smallest and lightest of the boats totringtottering to and fro, Ianglyngwrangling, noisily quarrelsome iestres deprauersfeminine forms of the nouns ‘jesters’ and ‘depravers’ of swete ioyes, Groud of the graffesource of the shoot, graft whence al my grief doth grow, (5) Sullen serpent enuironnedshould be ‘envenomed’ with dispitespite , That yll for good at all times doest requite.
A praise of Petrarke and of Lau- ra his ladie. +Author: unattributed. Structure: 14: abbaabbacddcee10