Edward Farr, ed. Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth. 1845. The Vncertayntie of Lyfe
LXX. Barnaby Googe
N O 1 vayner thing ther can be found
Amyd this vale of stryfe,
As auncient men report haue made,
Then trust vncertayne lyfe.
This trwe we dayly fynde 5
By proofes of many yeares,
And many tymes the trothe is tryed
By losse of frendly feares.
Hope whoso lyst in lyfe,
Hath but vncertayne stay; 10
As tayle of ele, that harder held
Doth sooner slyde away.
When least we thynk thereof,
Most neare approacheth it;
And sodaynly possess the place 15
Wher lyfe before did sytt.
How many haue byn seen
In helth to go to rest;
And yet, eare mornying tyde, haue ben
With cruell death opprest! 20
How many in their meales
Haue ioyfully been sett,
That sodaynly in all theyr feasts
Hath yealded earth theyr dett!
Syth thus the lyfe is nought 25
That in this world we trust;
And that for all the pompe and pryde
The bodie tournes to dust;
Hope for the lyfe aboue,
Which far surmounteth all: 30
With vertuous mind await the time When God for vs doth call.
LXX. Barnaby Googe.He was a celebrated translator in the reign of Queen Elizabeth; he wrote some original works, among which is a work entitled Eglogs, Epytaphes, and Sonettes, which was published in 1563. [ Note 1. back]