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Edward Farr, ed.  Select Poetry of the Reign of Queen Elizabeth.  1845.
What Misery and Misfortunes Mankinde Is Continually Subjecte vnto
CIV. H. C.
WHAT 1 kinde of state can any choose,
  But he therein shall fynde
Great bitternesse and endlesse woe,
  To mooue his troubled minde?
In field much toyle, at home great care,        5
  And feare in forrein lande:
If aught we haue by fortune lent,
  In youth dame Follye’s bande
Doth hold us fast; her we imbrace,
  And wisedome’s lore do leaue:        10
In age doth sicknesse us assayle,
  And so our strength bereaue.
In marryage is unquietnesse;
  In lacking of a wife
All sollitary we remaine,        15
  And leade a loathsome lyfe.
If God to us doe children sende,
  We haue continuall care;
If none, then are we halfe dismayde,
  Far worser doe we fare.        20
Therefore one of these twaine is best
  Desyred for to be;
Not to be borne, or else to dye
  Before these dayes we see.
Note 1. CIV. H. C.—He wrote “The Forrest of Fancy. Wherein is conteined very pretty apothegmes and pleasant histories both in meeter and prose,” etc. This was published in 1579, and is chiefly of a secular character. Who H. C. was, is not known. Warton considers the initials as appertaining to Henry Constable; but, as Sir Egerton Brydges observes, this perhaps proceeded from the difficulty of finding another coeval claimant, as there is nothing in the style which assimilates it to the poetical productions which that author published about fifteen years afterwards. [back]

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