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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
The Office of the Minde
XXIII. Thomas Howell
THE OFFICE 1 of the minde is to haue power
Uppon the bodye, and to order well
The body’s office yeke in euery hower:
It is of the minde to lerne the perfite skyll,
The vayne desyers that rise him by to kill,        5
Wherby the mynde dothe kepe his perfite strength,
And yeke the bodye vanquishe loste at length.
Now where the minde is drowned with desyre
Of suche delyhtis as to the body longe,
The boddy then moste nedes consume with fyer        10
Of raging lustes a boute the same thronge;
So that the minde is cause of bothe ther wronge,
To put it selfe out of the proper place,
And bring the bodye to so euel a case.
For thus the minde, that oughte of righte to be        15
The teacher of the bodye to do well,
Doth make the same to euery euill agre,
Procuringe that it shoulde of right expell,
Wherby in bothe a mouinge blinde doth dwell;
Euen as within Narcyssus dyd remayne,        20
That through his shadowe to be soche agayne.
Note 1. XXIII. Thomas Howell.—He wrote “The fable of Ouid treting of Narcissus, translated out of Latin into Englysh Mytre, with a moral thervnto, very pleasant to rede.” This work was published in 1560, and the stanzas annexed to his name are extracted from the moralization. [back]

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