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Poem by Henry VIII, King of England


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Pastime with good company
I love and shall unto I die.
Grudge whoso will, but none deny,
So God be pleased, this live will I.
For my pastance
Hunt, sing, and dance.
My heart is set
All godely sport
To my comfort.
Who shall me let?

Youth will have needs daliance,
Of good or ill some pastance.
Company me thinketh then best
All thoftes and fantasies to digest.
For idleness
Is chief mistress
Of vices all.
Than who can say
But Уpass the dayФ
Is best of all?

Company with honesty
Is virtue, and vice to flee.
Company is good or ill
But every man hath his free will.
The best ensue,
The worst eschew,
My mind shall be.
Virtue to use,
Vice to refuse,
I shall use me.



Henry VIII, King of England


Henry VIII, King of England's other poems:
  1. Wherto Shuld I Expresse
  2. Though that Men do Call it Dotage
  3. The Time of Youth is to be Spent
  4. Though Some Saith That Youth Ruleth Me
  5. Green Groweth the Holly


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