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The life and works of edward de vere

Come hither, shepherd swain! A crown of bays shall that man wear Song: The Forsaken Man 3. Doth sorrow fret thy soul?

Edward de Vere, 17th earl of Oxford

Even as the wax doth melt, or dew consume away Care and Disappointment 5. Faction that ever dwells Fortune and Love 6. Fain would I sing, but fury makes me fret Revenge of Wrong 7.

  • Though none of his masques and plays survive, he wrote plays of a quality to be cited by Francis Meres Palladis Tamia, 1598 for comedy and interlude, being praised by Meres as "the best among us for comedy;
  • They formed a rudimentary opera, morality plays detached from the church.

Fram'd in the front of forlorn hope past all recovery Loss of Good Name 8. If care or skill could conquer vain desire, Reason and Affection 10. If women could be fair and yet not fond Woman's Changeableness 11.

The labouring man that tills the fertile soil, Part of preface to Bedingfield's Cardanus Comfort 12.

The lively lark stretched forth her wing The Meeting with Desire 13. Love is a discord and a strange divorce Love is a Discord 14.

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My meaning is to work Love and Wit 15. My mind to me a kingdom is 16.

Sitting alone upon my thought in melancholy mood Echo Verses 17. The trickling tears that fall along my cheeks Love and Antagonism 18.

Were I a king I might command content Wert thou a King yet not command content 19. What cunning can express 20.

What is Desire, which doth approve What is Desire? What plague is greater than grief of mind? Grief of Mind 22.

When I was fair and young then favour graced me Verses ascribed to Queen Elizabeth 23. Whenas the heart at tennis plays Love compared to a tennis-play 24. Who taught thee first to sigh, alas my heart? Love Thy Choice 25. Winged with desire, I seek to mount on high Oxford's Letters.