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THOMAS PERCY
English bishop, poet and scholar
(1729 - 1811)

He that had neither beene kithe nor kin,
  Might have seene a full fayre sight.
      - Reliques of Ancient Poetry--Robin Hood and Guy of Gisborne
        [Sight]

Shall I bid her goe? what and if I doe?
  Shall I bid her goe and spare not?
    Oh no, no, no, I dare not.
      - Reliques--Corydon's Farewell to Phillis
        [Parting]

"What is thy name, faire maid?" quote he.
  "Penelophon, O King," quoth she.
      - Reliques--King Cophetua and the Beggar-Maid
        [Names]

Balow, my babe, lye still and sleipe,
  It grieves me sair to see thee weipe.
      - Reliques--Lady Anne Bothwell's Lament
        [Sleep]

Everye white will have its blacke,
  And everye sweete its soure.
      - Reliques--Sir Curline
        [Comparison : Sweetness]

Late, late yestreen I saw the new moone,
  Wi' the auld moon in hir arme.
      - Reliques--Sir Patrick Spens [Moon]

King Stephen was a worthy peere,
  His breeches cost him but a crowne;
    He held them sixpence all too deere,
      Therefore he call'd the taylor lowne.
      - Reliques--Take Thy Old Cloak About Thee
         (st. 7) [Tailors]

He was a wight of high renowne,
  And thosne but of a low degree;
    Itt's pride that putts the countrye downe,
      Man, take thine old cloake about thee.
      - Reliques--Take thy Old Cloake about Thee
        [Apparel]

He that wold not when he might,
  He shall not when he wold-a.
      - Reliques--The Baffled Knight (st. 14)
        [Confidence : Opportunity]

Weep no more, lady, weep no more,
  Thy sorrowe is in vaine,
    For violets pluckt, the sweetest showers
      Will ne'er make grow againe.
      - Reliques--The Friar of Order Gray [Past]

O lady, he is dead and gone!
  Lady, he's dead and gone!
    And at his head a green grass turfe,
      And at his heels a stone.
      - Reliques--The Friar of Orders Gray [Death]

We'll shine in more substantial honours,
  And to be noble, we'll be good.
      - Reliques--Winifreda [Honor]

It was a friar of orders grey
  Walked forth to tell his beads.
      - The Friar of Orders Grey [Religion]


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