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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
Stanzas from “The Trauayled Pilgrime”
LXVIII. Stephen Batman
WHO 1 woulde not trauaile all his life
  Such science for to knoe,
As able is to rid from strife
  This carcasse bare, and woe?
The state itselfe is nothing sure,        5
  Full soone doth vade away:
No earthly thing doth long endure,
  But once it doth decay.
Why then is man so loth to goe,
  This fickle life to leaue?        10
Sith he so well the state doth know,
  He doth himselfe deceaue.
The pompeous state and worldly welth
  Doth many mindes so blinde,
That when they should accomptes repay,        15
  Most farthest are behinde.
The birde, that in the cage doth sing
  Sometimes both shrill and cleere,
In ayrie skye with better note,
  As doth full well appeere;        20
Because his kinde is there to be
  If he the cage may scape:
Most ioyfull then beginnes his laye;
  No more for feare doth quake.
But man’s regard is nothing so,        25
  The cage of sinne to flie:
The greater plague doth oft ensue
  When that the poore doth crie.
For many goods so well doth loue,
  They care not how they get;        30
So they may haue to serue their mindes
  Their whole desire is set.
Note 1. LXVIII. Stephen Batman.—A professor in divinity, he was a native of Bruton in Somersetshire: he died in 1581. Batman was the author of several prose and poetical works, among the latter of which is, “The trauayled Pylgrime, bringing newes from all partes of the worlde, such like scarce harde of before.” This work was published in 1569. [back]

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