green courts

Totell’s Miscellany 15 (Henry Howard)– Prisoned in windsor, he recounteth his pleasure there passed. S0 cruell prison how coulde betide, alas, As proude Windsor? where I in lust and ioye, With a kinges sonne, my childishe yeres did passe, In greater feast than Priams sonnes of Troy: Where eche swete place returns a taste full sower, The large grene courtes, where we were wont to houe, With eyes cast vp into the maydens tower. And easie sighes, suche as folke drawe in loue: The stately seates, the ladies bright of hewe: The daunces shorte, longe tales of great delight: With…

at ones

Totell’s Miscellany 4 (Henry Howard):  Description of the fickle affections panges and sleightes of loue. SVche waiward waies hath loue, that most part in discord Our willes do stand, whereby our hartes but seldom doe accord. Disceit is his delight, and to begile, and mock The simple hartes whom he doth strike with froward diuers strok. He makes the one to rage with golden burning dart, And doth alay with leaden colde agayn the other hart.Whote glemes of burnyng fire, and easy sparkes of flame In balance of vnegall weight he pondereth by aime. From easy forde, where I might…

strange informations

[The ‘less bad’ passage from Book I of Utopia feels particularly relevant this election season.] +++ That’s how things go in the commonwealth, and in the councils of princes. If you cannot pluck up bad ideas by the root, or cure long-standing evils to your heart’s content, you must not therefore abandon the commonwealth. Don’t give up the ship in a storm because you cannot hold back the winds. You must not deliver strange and out-of-the-way speeches to people with whom they will carry no weight because they are firmly persuaded the other way. Instead, by an indirect approach, you…