And ye that wont with greedy vaine desire 15 To reade my fault, and, wondring at my flame, To warme your selves at my wide sparckling fire, Sith now that heat is quenched, quench my blame, And in her ashes shrowd my dying shame; For who my passed follies now pursewes, 20 Beginnes his owne, and my old fault renewes.
No intruth, sir Cut: I cannot reade mine owne hand.
"Against the Reader [of Denton Chapel] ... doth not Reade the Injunctions...."
, I should salute thee with my daggers poynte And never make thys parley; but I'me kynde, And youle confes it when you reade that letter.
I meane the matter you meane, my [Sidenote: matter that you reade my] Lord.
Fit matter for his cares increase would fynd, Let reade the rufull plaint herein exprest, Of one, I weene, the wofulst man alive, Even sad Alcyon*, whose empierced brest Sharpe sorrowe did in thousand peeces rive.
I cannot blame thee, Otho, Though thou be ignorant of her high worth, Since here in Saxon we are strangers both; But if thou cal'st to minde why we left Meath, Reade the trice reason in that Ladies eye, Daughter unto the Duke of Saxonie, Shee unto whom so many worthy Lords Vail'd Bonnet when she past the Triangle, Making the pavement Ivory where she trode.
We can afford no grace: Stay here, and reade thy ruine in my face.
But if that any Oedipus unware Shall chaunce, through power of some divining spright, To reade the secrete of this riddle rare, And know the purporte of my evill plight, Let him rest pleased with his owne insight, Ne further seeke to glose upon the text: For griefe enough it is to grieved wight To feele his fault, and not be further vext.
But you the interpretation best can tell: Speake, beautious ruine, twere great injurie That he should reade the sentence that must dye.
Those lamping eyes will deigne sometimes to look, And reade the sorrowes of my dying spright, And happy rymes!
For me, uninterrupted hadst thou slept Among the holly shades and close hadst kept The mistery of thy lines, till men might bee Taught how to reade, and then, how to reade thee.
And now let's reade these Writes.