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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Wishes for Vin
By Richard Corbet (1582–1635)
 
WHAT I shall leave thee none can tell,
But all shall say I wish thee well,
I wish thee, Vin, before all wealth,
Both bodily and ghostly health;
Nor too much wealth, nor wit, come to thee,        5
So much of either may undo thee.
I wish thee learning, not for show,
Enough for to instruct and know;
Not such as gentlemen require
To prate at table, or at fire.        10
I wish thee all thy mother’s graces,
Thy father’s fortunes and his places.
I wish thee friends, and one at court,
Not to build on, but support
To keep thee, not in doing many        15
Oppressions, but from suffering any.
I wish thee peace in all thy ways,
Nor lazy nor contentious days;
And when thy soul and body part
As innocent as now thou art.        20
 
 
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