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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
 
Stanzas from “The Author’s muse vpon this life in manner of a dittie”
LXI. Leonard Stauely
 
I MUSING 1 in my carefull minde
  Of this vaine fleeting life,
By perfect proofe this doo I finde—
  ’Tis nothing els but strife.
 
Which when I see the pinching pains        5
  Wherewith poore men are prest,
I deeme him happiest that hath this gaine,
  By Christe eternall rest.
 
For heer I see our cares abound
  And sorrowes stil encrease,        10
And neuer until vnder ground
  Our corps doo lye at ease.
 
Our labor then is ended sure;
  And blessed is that wight,
The greatest greefs did here endure,        15
  And led a life most right.
 
Note 1. LXI. Leonard Stauely.—This author, of whom no mention is made by Ritson, wrote “A Breef Discovrse wherein is declared of ye trauailes and miseries of this painful life, and that death is the dissoluer of man’s miserie.” There is no date: but it is supposed to have been published about 1580. [back]
 
 
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