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POEMS BY WOTTON AND OTHERS.
Dum puer es, vanæ nescisque incommoda vocis (Hoskins)
Eternal Time, that wastest without waste (A. W.).....
Go! Echo of the mind (Unknown)..
He first deceas'd: she for a little tried (Wotton. See also p. 136.).
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AND now all Nature seem'd in love+ (Wotton)
Here lies the man was born and cried (Hoskins)
How happy is he born and taught (Wotton)..
If breath were made for every man to buy (Unknown)
If life be time that here is lent (Hoskins).
In vain I live, such sorrow lives in me (A. W.)......
My prime of Youth is but a frost of cares (Tychbourne)..
The World's a bubble, and the life of man (Lord Bacon).
Thy flower of youth is with a north wind blasted (Unknown)
You meaner Beauties of the night (Wotton. See also p. 135)
+ Another copy begins, "This day dame Nature seem'd in love”—.
A POEM WRITTEN BY SIR HENRY
[THIS Poem was first printed in Davison's Poeticall Rhapsodie, 1602, as "An Elegie," and with the signature "H.W." Wotton was then thirty-four years old; and it is therefore probable that it was written some years before that time. If there were any truth in the assertion that Wotton was addressed as a poet by Bastard in 1598, it would follow that his other youthful compositions are now lost; for this single piece would scarcely entitle him to the rank of a poet, and the others ascribed to him in Rel. Wotton. and reprinted in this volume, can be referred,- in most cases with certainty, and in all with probability,—to a much later date. But the statement arose from a misapprehension of the meaning of Bastard's Epigram, which will be found in the Introduction to this volume.
His claim to this piece has been disputed; for it is ascribed to Sir Benjamin Rudyard by the Editor of the Poems
of Pembroke and Rudyard (1660); but the authority of Davison and Izaak Walton will more than counterbalance that of Dr. Donne the younger.
The Variations are from three copies of the Poem; viz. A=Davison's Rhapsodie, in the fourth edition of which it has the longer title, "Of a woman's heart," but no signature at all (1621, p. 202.).—B=Rudyard's Poems, p. 34; Title, "Verses made by Sir B. R.”—C=MS. Rawl. Poet. 147, p. 74. Signature, "H. Wotton." The additional variations, marked D, are borrowed from Mr. Dyce's edition of Sir Henry Wotton's Poems, printed for the Percy Society. They were taken from a MS. in the handwriting of Sir Roger Twysden, and are here retained to corroborate those of other copies, for it will be seen that none of them are peculiar to that transcript.]
FAITHLESS World, and thy [most]
A Womans Heart; [faithless part,
 And fevers of desire, and pangs of love,
Why was she born to please? or I to trust
Suffering her Eyes to govern my despair,
And fruit of time rewarded with untruth,
Untrue she was; yet I believ'd her eyes,
 Till I was taught, that Love was but a School