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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
A Paraphrase of Some of the Psalms of David
Proem
 
WHERE reckless 1 youth in an unquiet breast,
Set on by wrath, revenge, and cruelty,
After long war patience had oppress’d;
And justice, wrought by princely equity;
My DENNY 2 then, mine error deep imprest,        5
Began to work despair of liberty;
Had not David, the perfect warrior taught,
That of my fault thus pardon should be sought.
 
Note 1. Careless. [back]
Note 2. In the old edition the name does not occur, and the word ‘conscience’ is substituted. Dr. Nott suggests that this person was “Sir Walter Denny, an intimate friend of the Howard family, and afterwards one of the executors of Henry the Eighth’s will.” [back]
 
 
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