Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, TO HIS SON, VINCENT CORBET, ON HIS THIRD BIRTHDAY, by RICHARD CORBET

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TO HIS SON, VINCENT CORBET, ON HIS THIRD BIRTHDAY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: What I shall leave thee none can tell
Last Line: As innocent as now thou art.
Alternate Author Name(s): Corbett, Richard
Variant Title(s): A Father's Blessing
Subject(s): Parents; Parenthood

WHAT I shall leave thee, none can tell,
But all shall say I wish thee well;
I wish thee, Vin, before all wealth,
Both bodily and ghostly health;
Nor too much wealth nor wit come to thee,
So much of either may undo thee.
I wish thee learning not for show,
Enough for to instruct and know;
Not such as gentlemen require
To prate at table or at fire.

I wish thee all thy mother's graces.
Thy father's fortunes and his places.
I wish thee friends, and one at court,
Not to build on, but support;
To keep thee not in doing many
Oppressions, but from suffering any.
I wish thee peace in all thy ways,
Nor lazy nor contentious days;
And, when thy soul and body part,
As innocent as now thou art.

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