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The man of Woe

Sir Edward Dyer 1543 ( Sharpham Park, Glastonbury) – 1607 ( chancel, St Saviour's)



The mann whose thoughtes agaynste him do conspyre,
 One whom Mishapp her storye dothe depaynt,
The mann of woe, the matter of desier,
 Free of the dead, that lives in endles plaint,
His spirit am I, whiche in this deserte lye,
To rue his case, whose cause I cannot flye.

Despayre my name, whoe never findes releife,
 Frended of none, but to my selfe a foe;
An idle care, mayntaynde by firme beleife
 That prayse of faythe shall throughe my torments growe,
And counte those hopes, that others hartes do ease,
Butt base conceites the common sense to please.

For sure I am I never shall attayne
 The happy good from whence my joys aryse;
Nor haue I powre my sorrows to refrayne
 But wayle the wante, when noughte ellse maye suffyse;
Whereby my lyfe the shape of deathe muste beare,
That deathe which feeles the worst that lyfe doth feare.

But what auayles withe tragicall complaynte,
 Not hopinge healpe, the Furyes to awake?
Or why shoulde I the happy mynds aquaynte
 With doleful tunnes, theire settled peace to shake?
All ye that here behoulde Infortune's feare,
May judge noe woe may withe my gref compare.

Finis.

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