Passetyme of Pleasure

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An allegorical poem in rhyme‐royal and decasyllabic couplets by Hawes, printed by Wynkyn de Worde in 1509. It is an allegory of life in the form of a romance of chivalry. It contains a well‐known couplet in perhaps its original form:For though the day be never so longe,At last the belles ryngeth to evensonge.

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