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A Valentine from Thomas Nashe
The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.0285  Monday, 14 February 2005

From:           Al Magary <
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Date:           Monday, 14 Feb 2005 02:00:40 -0800
Subject:        A Valentine from Thomas Nashe

Appropriately, today's online book from the University of Toronto via
Internet Archive--at
http://www.archive.org/details/choisevalentine00nashuoft--is "The Choise
of Valentines" by Thomas Nashe (1567-1601). Let me proceed immediately
to the text of "Cboi,e or OR THE MERLE BALLAD OF NASH HIS DILDO"
(London, 1889), which has an "INI"R OD UCI"ION" or perhaps it is
"I Tlf OD UCTIO . "--or is it "INT  O D UCTIOIV."?--by John S.Farmer.

Nashe charmingly dedicates the Valentine's Day poem "TO honorable THE RI
G HT the Lord S.   ARDON, sweete flower of Matckles poctrie, And/airest
tud the red rose euer tiare; /tltkough my Mse, devorst from dcei#er
care, Presents lloee zoith a wanlon Elegie. 4 "

And without more ado, the poem begins:

THE CHOISE OF P' ILENTINES.

Ne blame my verse of loose unchastitie
For  at'nting fortk lhe lhing s thal hidden are,
Since all me z acte what I in st cache d"clare,
Onlie ind "ed with varietie.
8
Com lants and ibraises euery one tan write,
nd passion out their  angu's in statlie rimes ;
t ul of loues ibleasures none cticl euer write
Thal bave succeeded in theis laller limes, i
./tcce l o[ il, l)eare Lord, in gent  gree,
And beller lynes, ere long, shall honor thee....

This is a really terrific bit of lesser-known poetry from Shakespeare's
time, and a real treat to find online today. It is, however, most
unfortunate that it is written in Bulgarian. But we can't have
everything we want on the Internet.

Cheers,
Al Magary

[Editor's Note: Al Magary's point is further emphasized by the fact that
the message contains many non-ASCII characters that simply cannot be
rendered into a format that can be transmitted with the listserv
software and thus are intelligible.]


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