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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Stanzas from “The Shippe of Safe-gard”
WHO 1 seekes to tread that happie path
  That leades to perfite blisse,
And faine would finde the certayne way
  That many wandring misse;
Must banish ease, and bend himselfe        5
  To abyde both care and paine,
And seeke to conquer eche delight
  And worldly pleasure vaine.
For as the way but narrow is
  That leadeth straight to ioy,        10
So is it all beset with thornes
  And briers that anoy.
In euerie place are stubbles and prickes,
  That stayes the feeble feete;
And lothsome for the time it seemes,        15
  That after prooues most sweete.
A feareful hart refuseth quite
  To walke that painefull way;
But carefull mindes regarde not paine,
  Such pleasure to assay.        20
Note 1. LXVII. G. B.—He wrote “A New Booke called, The Shippe of Safegarde.” This work was published in 1569. Ritson refers these initials to Barnaby Googe, and Bernard Garter; but it is not certain that they can be identified with either. [back]

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