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Selected Poetry of Chidiock Tichborne (ca. 1558-1586)


from Representative Poetry On-line
Prepared by members of the Department of English at the University of Toronto
from 1912 to the present and published by the University of Toronto Press from 1912 to 1967.
RPO Edited by Ian Lancashire
A UTEL (University of Toronto English Library) Edition
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries
© 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto

Index to poems

I sought my death and found it in my womb
        (My Prime of Youth is but a Frost of Cares, 13)
  1. My Prime of Youth is but a Frost of Cares


Notes on Life and Works

Tichborne was executed for having become a party to a Catholic plot to murder Elizabeth. Although not quite as young as his farewell poem suggests, written within three days of his death, the verses were famous in the period.

Biographical information

Given name: Chidiock
Family name: Tichborne
Birth date: ca. 1558
Death date: 20 September 1586
Nationality: English
Family relations
          father: Peter Tichborne
          mother: Elizabeth Tichborne
          wife: Agnes Tichborne
Language: English
Religion: Roman Catholic
Literary period: Renaissance
Residence: Southampton: 1558
Cause of death: Hanging
First RPO edition: 1997