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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
A Paraphrase of Some of the Psalms of David
THE SUDDEN storms that heave me to and fro,
Had well near pierced Faith, my guiding sail;
For I that on the noble voyage go
To succour truth, and falsehood to assail,
Constrained am to bear my sails full low;        5
And never could attain some pleasant gale.
For unto such the prosperous winds do blow
As run from port to port to seek avail. 1
This bred despair; whereof such doubts did grow
That I gan faint, and all my courage fail.        10
But now, my BLAGE, 2 mine error well I see;
Such goodly light king David giveth me.
Note 1. Advantage. [back]
Note 2. “Blame” in the old edition. George Blage, a friend of Surrey’s, who accompanied him to Landrecy. He was of a good Kentish family, was educated at Cambridge, and addressed a poem to Lord Wriothesley. [back]

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