3] tares: weeds
7] "My tale was heard, and yet it was not told" (first printed version, in Verses of Prayse and Joye ).
8] The: "My" (1586; twice).
dead: "falne" (1586).
9] gone: "spent" (1586).
but young: "not old" (1586).
11] The oldest of the three classical Greek fates, Atropos, cut the thread of his life with her shears before Lachesis had had an opportunity to spin out the events of his life.
16] am: "was" (1586).
but made: only just created
17] glass: hour-glass
Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department
of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.
Original text: Bodleian Library MS Tanner 169, fol. 79r; facs. in R. S. M. Hirsh's "The Works of Chidiock Tichborne (text)," English Literary Renaissance, 16 (1986): 309-10.
First publication date: 1586
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 2:2002/2/14
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