Peter Davidson (ed.), Poetry and Revolution: An Anthology of British and Irish Verse 1625–1660

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Editor’s Note31 TO HER HUSBAND ONNEW YEAR'S DAY, 1651.

  • 1How swiftly time doth passe away,
  • 2Wher happines compleates the day!
  • 3Weeks, months, and years, but moments prove
  • 4To those that nobly are in love.
  • 5This computation's only knowne
  • 6To them that our pure flame can owne.
  • 7Succeeding yeares example take
  • 8By those are past; ther numbers wake
  • 9Envy, whilst with a will resigned,
  • Editor’s Note10No will is known till th'other's mind.

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31 Text: Tixall Poetry, 1813, see no. 30, p. 86. This poem is placed by Clifford amongst those which appear to be the work of Gertrude Aston (Mrs Henry Thimelby), daughter of Walter Aston, first Lord Aston of Forfar, and Gertrude Sadler. On the evidence of Tixall Poetry, pp. 213–15, she would seem to have been in her early twenties in 1636, when Sir Richard Fanshawe visited Tixall and wrote poems of compliment to her and her sister Constantia. She married Sir Henry Thimelby, who predeceased her in the 1650s. Her only child died soon after her husband and she became a nun in Louvain. Some forthright and affectionate letters addressed to her family in England are preserved by Clifford in his Tixall Letters, 1815. The date of her death is unknown.
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