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Randolph, Thomas    Poet's Biography
107 poems available by this author


A CHARACTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Thou cousin to great madams, and allied
Last Line: Thou think'st thyself th' art all, and I think neither.


A COMPLAINT AGAINST CUPID, THAT HE NEVER MADE HIM IN LOVE    Poem Text    
First Line: How many of thy captives (love) complain
Last Line: If so, be merciful, and punish me.
Subject(s): Love


A DIALOGUE    Poem Text    
First Line: My lalage, when I behold
Last Line: And thou canst make us freeze beneath the line.
Subject(s): Passion


A DIALOGUE BETWIXT A NYMPH AND A SHEPHERD    Poem Text    
First Line: Why sigh you, swain? This passion is not common
Last Line: And thaws the icy frost of cold desire.
Subject(s): Passion


A MASK FOR LYDIA    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet lydia, take this mask, and shroud
Last Line: Still such an ethiop be.
Subject(s): Masks


A PARENETICON TO THE TRULY NOBLE GENTLEMAN MASTER ENDYMION PORTER    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, bashful muse: thy message is to one
Last Line: He turn'd love's wanton god, and so do you.
Subject(s): Porter, Endymion (1587-1649)


A PARLEY WITH HIS EMPTY PURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: Purse, who'll not know you have a poet's been
Last Line: Gape on, as they do to be paid, gape on!
Subject(s): Debt; Money


A PASTORAL COURTSHIP    Poem Text    
First Line: Behold these woods, and mark, my sweet
Last Line: Unless we meet again to-morrow.


A PASTORAL ODE    Poem Text    
First Line: Coy coelia, dost thou see
Last Line: Lest I take heat from thee, and so revive.


A PLATONIC ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Love, give me leave to serve thee, and be wise
Last Line: All other love is to your sex, not you.
Subject(s): Love


AD AMICUM LITIGANTEM    Poem Text    
First Line: Would you commence a poet, sir, and be
Last Line: And then 'tis ta'en for granted you are mad.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets


AN ANSWER TO BEN JONSON'S ODE, TO PERSUADE HIM NOT TO LEAVE THE STAGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Ben, do not leave the stage
Last Line: Thou, that canst sing so high, canst reach as low.
Subject(s): Brome, Richard (D. 1652); Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Poetry & Poets; Theater & Theaters


AN APOLOGY FOR HIS FALSE PREDICTION THAT HIS AUNT LANE ... A SON    Poem Text    
First Line: Are then the sybils dead? What is become
Last Line: I meant the right by mental reservation.
Subject(s): Birth; Prophecy & Prophets; Child Birth; Midwifery


AN ECLOGUE OCCASIONED BY TWO DOCTORS DISPUTING UPON PREDESTINATION    Poem Text    
First Line: Ho! Jolly thyrsis, whither in such haste?
Last Line: Pan's cornet's blown, and the great sheep-shear's kept.
Subject(s): Fate; Destiny


AN ECLOGUE TO MASTER JONSON    Poem Text    
First Line: Under this beech why sitt'st thou here so sad
Last Line: Hesperus leading forth his beauteous herd?
Subject(s): Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Poetry & Poets


AN ELEGY    Poem Text    
First Line: Heav'n knows my love to thee, fed on desires
Last Line: And the sweet antidote to sin no more.


AN ELEGY ON THE DEATH OF ... SIR ROWLAND COTTON OF BELLAPORT    Poem Text    
First Line: Rich as was cotton's worth I wish each line
Last Line: T' have liv'd in anything but heaven and fame.


AN EPITAPH UPON HIS HONOURED FRIEND, MASTER WARRE    Poem Text    
First Line: Here lies the knowing head, the honest heart
Last Line: Here's no distinction 'twixt the house and tomb.
Subject(s): Epitaphs


AN EPITAPH UPON MISTRESS I.T.    Poem Text    
First Line: Reader, if thou hast a tear
Last Line: She robb'd not earth to add to heaven.
Subject(s): Epitaphs


AN EPITHALAMINUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Muse, be a bridesmaid; dost not hear
Last Line: And drowsy nurses' lullaby.
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Epithalamium


AN EPITHALAMIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Bliss court thee, sweetest soul, and fall as thick
Last Line: Thy praise is all thine own -- thy name.
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Epithalamium


AN EPITHALAMIUM TO MR F. H.    Poem Text    
First Line: Frank, when this morn (the harbinger of day
Last Line: So whipp'd her doves, and smiling rid away.
Subject(s): Wedding Song; Epithalamium


ANAGRAM. VIRTUE ALONE THY BLISS    Poem Text    
First Line: Descent of birth is a vain good
Last Line: I say, needs his expression must be weak.


BLEST SPIRIT, WHEN I FIRST DID SEE       


DRINKING SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: We care not for money, riches or wealth
Last Line: Old sack is our money, old sack is our health.
Subject(s): Drinks & Drinking; Wine


ECLOGUE ON NOBLE ASSEMBLIES REVIVED ON COTWSOLD HILLS BY ROBERT DOVER    Poem Text    
First Line: What clodpates, thenot, are our british swains!
Last Line: To saint him in the shepherd's calendar.
Subject(s): Cotswold Hills, England; Country Life; Games; Recreation; Pastimes; Amusements


ELEGY UPON THE LADY VENETIA DIGBY    Poem Text    
First Line: Death, who'ld not change prerogatives with thee
Last Line: Nature despairs, because her pattern's gone.
Subject(s): Digby, Lady Venetia


ENGLISHED THUS 'PARAFRASTIKWJ'    Poem Text    
First Line: The spring was come, and all the fields grown fine
Last Line: Ariadne's crown and cassiopoea's chair.


EPIGRAM    Poem Text    
First Line: Heavens decreed, before the world begun


FAIRIES' SONG    Poem Text    
First Line: We the fairies blithe and antic
Last Line: Were it not for stealing, stealing.
Variant Title(s): Stolen Fruit
Subject(s): Fairies; Elves


IN LESBIAM ET HISTROINEM    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder what should madam lesbia mean
Last Line: He at one game keeps her, she him at all.


IN NATALEM AUGUSTISSIMI PRINCIPIS CARLOLI    Poem Text    
First Line: The first birth, mary, was unto a tomb
Last Line: That canst give saints as well as kings a birth.
Subject(s): Birth; Child Birth; Midwifery


IN PRAISE OF WOMEN IN GENERAL    Poem Text    
First Line: He is a parricide to his mother's name
Last Line: The fairest is the valiant amazon.
Subject(s): Women


LOVE AND REVERENCE    Poem Text    
First Line: I have a mistress, for perfections rare
Last Line: And come unto my courtship as my prayer.
Variant Title(s): A Devout Lover;his Mistress
Subject(s): Love


MR RANDOLPH'S PETITION TO HIS CREDITORS    Poem Text    
First Line: Pox take you all! From you my sorrows swell!
Last Line: May they more debtors have, and all like me!
Subject(s): Debt


MUSIC, THOU QUEEN OF SOULS    Poem Text    
First Line: Music, thou queen of souls, get up and string
Last Line: Strike a sad note, and fix them trees again.
Variant Title(s): A Song
Subject(s): Music & Musicians; Trees


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 10TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: The law's the path of life; then that obey
Last Line: Who keeps it not, hath wand'ring lost his way.
Subject(s): Law & Lawyers


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 11TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thank those that do thee good, so shalt thou gain
Last Line: Their second help, if thou shouldst need again.
Subject(s): Holidays; Thanksgiving


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 12TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: To doubtful matters do not headlong run
Last Line: What's well left off, were better not begun.
Subject(s): Haste


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 13TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Be well-advis'd, and wary counsel make
Last Line: To bring thy action to a perfect end.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 14TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Safe in thy breast close lock up thy intents
Last Line: For he that knows thy purpose, best prevents.
Subject(s): Secrets


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 15TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: To tell thy miseries will no comfort breed
Last Line: Thou soon shalt lose a friend, and find a foe.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 16TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Keep thy friends' goods, for should thy wants be known
Last Line: Thou canst not tell but they may be thy own.
Subject(s): Borrowers And Lenders


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 17TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: To gather wealth through fraud do not presume
Last Line: A little evil got will much consume.
Subject(s): Honesty


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 18TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: First think; and if thy thoughts approve thy will
Last Line: Then speak, and after, what thou speak'st, fulfil.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 19TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Spare not nor spend too much; be this thy care
Last Line: But he spends best that spares to spend again.
Subject(s): Saving And Thrift


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 1ST PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: First worship god; he that forgets to pray
Last Line: And serve him first whence all things did begin.
Variant Title(s): Precepts
Subject(s): Worship


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 20TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: If with a stranger thou discourse, first learn
Last Line: Then do thou speak, that he may learn by thee.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 21ST PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: If thou dispraise a man, let no man know
Last Line: To make the world believe thou lov'st the man.
Subject(s): Hate


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 22D PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Reprove not in their wrath incensed men
Last Line: No man gives physic in the midst o' th' fit.
Subject(s): Anger


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 23D PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Seem not too conscious of thy worth, nor be
Last Line: Whilst they that are above thee fall below.
Subject(s): Pride; Self-esteem; Self-respect


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 24TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Desire not thy mean fortunes for to set
Last Line: Like ravenous wolves; 'tis dangerous living near 'em.
Subject(s): Wealth; Riches; Fortunes


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 25TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Each man three devils hath -- self-born afflictions
Last Line: Gain thee the friendship both of god and man.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 26TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: So live with man as if god's curious eye
Last Line: That must alone both judge and jury be?
Subject(s): Sin


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 27TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Take thou no care how to defer thy death
Last Line: I say he only was, he did not live.
Subject(s): Health; Human Behavior; Conduct Of Life; Human Nature


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 28TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Trust not a man unknown; he may deceive thee
Last Line: Tis best not seem to doubt, although you do.
Subject(s): Trust


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 29TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Hear much, but little speak; a wise man fears
Last Line: Do let in wit; the tongue doth let out folly.
Subject(s): Silence


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 2D PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Honour thy parents to prolong thine end
Last Line: Shall have a child that will revenge the deed.
Subject(s): Parents; Truth; Parenthood


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 30TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: To all alike be courteous, meek, and kind
Last Line: To whom thy friendship shall familiar be.
Subject(s): Etiquette; Manners; Courtesy


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 31ST PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Judge not between two friends, but rather see
Last Line: Howe'er thou judge, thou, sure, shalt lose a friend.
Subject(s): Friendship


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 32D PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Thy credit wary keep, 'tis quickly gone
Last Line: Being got by many actions, lost by one.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 33D PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Unto thy brother buy not, sell, nor lend
Last Line: That thou hast power, and he necessity.
Subject(s): Brothers; Half-brothers


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 34TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Spare in thy youth, lest age should find thee poor
Last Line: As age and want, when both do meet together.
Subject(s): Time


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 35TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Fly drunkenness, whose vile incontinence
Last Line: I rather count a hogshead than a man.
Subject(s): Alcoholism & Alcoholics


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 36TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Let not thy impotent lust so powerful be
Last Line: Starves in his grave, being wretched when he's dead.
Subject(s): Lust; Moderation


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 37TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: If e'er I take a wife, I will have one
Last Line: Should only love, not dote on her perfection.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 3D PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Think that is just, 'tis not enough to do
Last Line: Unless thy very thoughts are upright too.
Subject(s): Thought; Thinking


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 4TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Defend the truth; for that who will not die
Last Line: A coward is, and gives himself the lie.
Subject(s): Truth


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 5TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Honour the king, as sons their parents do
Last Line: For he's thy father, and thy country's too.
Subject(s): Courts & Courtiers


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 6TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: A friend is gold; if true, he'll never leave thee
Last Line: Yet both without a touchstone may deceive thee.
Subject(s): Friendship


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 7TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Suspicious men think others false; but he
Last Line: And shun to be too credulous for thine own.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 8TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Take well whate'er shall chance; though bad it be
Last Line: Take it for good, and 'twill be so to thee.


NECESSARY OBSERVATIONS: 9TH PRECEPT    Poem Text    
First Line: Swear not: an oath is like a dangerous dart
Last Line: Which shot, rebounds to strike the shooter's heart.
Subject(s): Oaths


ODE TO MASTER ANTHONY STAFFORD [TO HASTEN HIM INTO COUNTRY]    Poem Text    
First Line: Come, spur away, / I have no patience for a longer stay
Last Line: To civilise with graver notes our wits again.
Variant Title(s): Ode On Leaving The Great Town;an Ode To Mr Anthony Stafford To Hasten Him Into The Country
Subject(s): Cities; Country Life; Urban Life


ON A MAID, SEEN BY A SCHOLAR IN SOMERSET (HOUSE) GARDEN    Poem Text    
First Line: As once in black I disrespected walk'd
Last Line: Nor maid nor honour -- sure, no honesty.


ON SIR ROBERT COTTON, THE ANTIQUARY    Poem Text    
First Line: Posterity hath many fates bemoan'd
Last Line: Who ne'er had vanquish'd all things but in thee.
Subject(s): Cotton, Sir Robert Bruce (1561-1631)


ON SIX MAIDS BATHING THEMSELVES IN A RIVER    Poem Text    
First Line: When bashful daylight once was gone
Last Line: Whether he were a fool or no.
Subject(s): Baths & Bathing


ON THE DEATH OF A NIGHTINGALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, solitary wood, and henceforth be
Last Line: Shall flock about thee, and keep time with kisses.
Subject(s): Birds; Nightingales


ON THE FALL OF THE MITRE TAVERN IN CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Lament, lament, ye scholars all
Last Line: But now we'll drink like doctors.
Subject(s): Bars & Bartenders; Cambridge, England; Fire; Pubs; Taverns; Saloons


ON THE INESTIMABLE CONTENT HE ENJOYS IN THE MUSES    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, sordid earth, and hope not to bewitch
Last Line: I might perchance get riches, and be poor.
Subject(s): Poetry & Poets; Poverty


ON THE LOSS OF HIS FINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: How much more blest are trees than men!
Last Line: And we in heaven shake hands again.
Subject(s): Accidents; Fingers


ON THE PASSION OF CHRIST    Poem Text    
First Line: What rends the temple's veil, where is day gone?
Last Line: Nature must needs be sick, when god can die.
Subject(s): Jesus Christ = Suffering & Sacrifice


PARAPHRASED    Poem Text    
First Line: Ah, wretch! In thy corinna's love unblest!
Last Line: His and her breast, or his and hers a cold.


THE COMBAT OF THE COCKS    Poem Text    
First Line: Go, you tame gallants, you that have the name
Last Line: I yield, and give to wisbeach cock the day.
Subject(s): Cock-fighting


THE HIGH AND MIGHTY COMMENDATION OF THE VIRTUE OF A POT OF GOOD ALE    Poem Text    
First Line: Not drunken nor sober (but neighbour to both
Last Line: To make all this good of a pot of good ale.
Subject(s): Beer; Drinks & Drinking; Ale; Wine


THE MILKMAIDS EPITHALAMIUM    Poem Text    
First Line: Joy to the bridegroom and the bride
Last Line: To get a man to pity me.
Subject(s): Country Life; Wedding Song; Epithalamium


THE POET    Poem Text    
First Line: From witty men and mad
Last Line: A witty man, or one that's out of's wits.


THE SONG OF DISCORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Let linus' and amphion's lute
Last Line: The following trees had run away!


THE SONG OF ORPHEUS    Poem Text    
First Line: Hail, sacred deserts! Whom kind nature made
Last Line: To pleasure men, rewarded with a cage.


THE TOWNSMEN'S PETITION OF CAMBRIDGE    Poem Text    
First Line: Now, scholars, look unto it
Last Line: And the scholars must domineer.
Subject(s): Cambridge University


THE WEDDING MORN    Poem Text    
First Line: Arise, come forth, but never to return
Last Line: Himself between their lips a grave to make.
Subject(s): Marriage; Weddings; Husbands; Wives


TO A LADY ADMIRING HERSELF IN A LOOKING-GLASS    Poem Text    
First Line: Fair lady, when you see the grace
Last Line: Yours, sweet, in me, and mine in you.
Variant Title(s): To One Admiring Herself In A Looking-glass
Subject(s): Admiration


TO A PAINTED MISTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: There are who know what once to-day it was
Last Line: Which druggists sell to you, and you to me.
Subject(s): Cosmetics


TO BEN JONSON    Poem Text    
First Line: I was not born to helicon, nor dare
Last Line: Tis to pen anthems for an angel's quire.
Variant Title(s): A Gratulatory To Ben Jonson For His Adopting Of Him To Be His Son
Subject(s): Jonson, Ben (1572-1637); Poetry & Poets


TO DR EMPIRIC    Poem Text    
First Line: When men a dangerous disease did 'scape
Last Line: From my disease's danger -- and from thee!
Subject(s): Disease; Physicians; Doctors


TO HIS WELL-TIMBRED MISTRESS    Poem Text    
First Line: Sweet, heard you not fame's latest breath rehearse
Last Line: To work within, and wainscot her with praise.


TO HIS WORTHY FRIEND F.J., ON ... THIS EXCELLENT COMEDY    Poem Text    
First Line: To join things so divided in this age
Last Line: Not lend them hose to put on head or horn!
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights


TO MASTER FELTHAM, ON HIS BOOK OF RESOLVES    Poem Text    
First Line: In this unconstant age, when all mens minds
Last Line: Whereby to write, I mean to live by thine.
Subject(s): Books; Felltham, Owen (1602-1668); Reading


TO MASTER JAMES SHIRLEY ON HIS GRATEFUL SERVANT    Poem Text    
First Line: I cannot fulminate or tonitruate words
Last Line: A friend as grateful as his servant was.
Subject(s): Shirley, James (1596-1666)


TO ONE OVERHEARING HIS PRIVATE DISCOURSE    Poem Text    
First Line: I wonder not my leda far can see
Last Line: Glad he had got a tale to whisper there.


TO THE VIRTUOUS AND NOBLE LADY, THE LADY COTTON    Poem Text    
First Line: Tis not to force more tears from your sad eye
Last Line: For he was but our wonder -- you were his.


UPON A HERMAPHRODITE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, or madam, choose you whether
Last Line: Coining thee both philip and mary.
Subject(s): Hermaphrodites


UPON A VERY DEFORMED GENTLEWOMAN, BUT OF A VOICE INCOMPARABLY SWEET    Poem Text    
First Line: I chanc'd sweet lesbia's voice to hear
Last Line: Whilst she hath tongue, or I have eyes.
Subject(s): Physical Disabilities; Voices; Handicapped; Handicaps; Physically Challenged; Cripples


UPON HIS PICTURE    Poem Text    
First Line: When age hath made me what I am not now
Last Line: Whose shadow is less given to change than he.
Variant Title(s): To My Picture
Subject(s): Portraits; Self


UPON LOVE FONDLY REFUSED FOR CONSCIENCE' SAKE    Poem Text    
First Line: Nature, creation's law, is judg'd by sense
Last Line: What youth and pleasure prompts us to.


UPON THE LOSS OF HIS LITTLE FINGER    Poem Text    
First Line: Arithmetic nine digits, and no more
Last Line: How soon mischance hath made a hand of thee.
Subject(s): Accidents; Fingers


UPON THE REPORT OF TE KING OF SWEDEN'S DEATH    Poem Text    
First Line: I'll not believe't; if fate should be so cross
Last Line: So great a loss, will choose not to believe.
Subject(s): Gustavus Ii Adolphus, King (1595-1632); Gustavus Ii Adolphus, King Of Sweden



Thomas, Randolph    Poet's Biography
5 poems available by this author


MAGISTRO RICHADO LANE    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, if the term be done, and you can find
Last Line: I have an advocate can plead my cause.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights


TO HIS DEAR FRIEND, THOMAS RILEY    Poem Text    
First Line: I will not say I on our stage have seen
Last Line: I write this comedy, but 'twas made by thee.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights


TO HIS HONOURED FRIEND MR ANTH. STAFFORD    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, had my muse gain'd leisure to confer
Last Line: That should have rather begg'd your rigour then.
Subject(s): Plays & Playwrights


TO THAT COMPLETE AND NOBLE KNIGHT SIR KENELLAM DIGBY    Poem Text    
First Line: Sir, when I look on you, methinks I see
Last Line: You'll let her ivy wait upon your bays.
Subject(s): Digby, Sir Kenelm (1603-1665); Plays & Playwrights


TO THE TRULY NOBLE KNIGHT SIR CHR. HATTON    Poem Text    
First Line: To you (whose recreations, sir, might be
Last Line: Twere but a lesson worthy such an ear.
Subject(s): Hatton, Sir Christopher (1540-1591); Plays & Playwrights