A vituperative satirist who made kings tremble. Also, he wrote this:
My fingers are but stragglers at the rear,
Who go a-foraging for what they find;
And they are not ashamed to lag behind,
Since there’s no foe in front they need to fear.
They’ve wandered through a tufted valley near.
And you yourself have said they were most kind,
And so, I know, my lady will not mind
If they see other booty, nor think it queer.
And yet, it may be, you prefer the Lance;
Then, let your stragglers reconnoiter, sweet,
And guide him like a blind man to safe cover.
He is no coward, since he takes a chance.
Though he, my dear, has neither eyes nor feet;
For a soldier always makes a perfect lover!
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