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CHAPTER V
SIXTEENTH CENTURY - RENAISSANCE AND EARLY ELIZABETHANS

universe ; it is only a satellite of the sun." This was not accepted at once as truth, but the mere suggestion of it broadened men's thoughts. There was good reason why the world should begin to awake.
Henry VIII and the men about him. The influence of the Renaissance was not strongly felt in England before the time of Henry VIII, who came to the throne in 1509. Around him centred the literature of the early part of the century. Indeed, he himself attempted verse more than once. Pastime with Good Company is ascribed to him.

Pastime with good company
I love, and shall until I die,
Gruche who lust 1 but none deny,
So God be pleased, so live will I.
For my pastance,2
Hunt, sing, and dance,
My heart is sett ;
All goodly sport
For my comfort, Who shall me let? 3

Henry VIII was no great poet but he liked literature, and he liked to appear as its patron. His early tutor was one of the most prominent g4s~is2s. literary men of the day, the poet John Skelton. Skelton says :

The honor of Englond I lernyd to spelle
In dygnite roialle that doth ehcelle.

Skelton was a fine classical scholar, and was perfectly able to write smooth, easily flowing verses, but he de liberately chose a rough, tumbling, headlong metre He hated Cardinal Wolsey, and of him he wrote :

1 grudge whoso will.
2 pastime.
3 hinder.

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