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  • As farr as thys frayle brutylle flesch wylle spere,

    The Rowley Poems

  • Cicero in hys oratour: O deceitful hope of men, and frayle fortune: & our vayne contencions, whych oftẽ tymes are broken in the myd way, rushe downe, and in the fal ar quite ouerthrowen before they can se the hauen.

    A Treatise of Schemes and Tropes

  • _ A. Borde, _Introduction_, assigns the gathering of figs to “the Mores whych do dwel in Barbary,” ... “and christen men do by them, & they wil be diligent and wyl do al maner of seruice, but they be set most comonli to vile things; they be called slaues, thei do gader grapes and _fygges_, and with some of the _fygges_ they wyl wip ther tayle, & put them in the frayle.”

    Early English Meals and Manners

  • All flesh is frayle, and all her strength unstayd,

    Amoretti and Epithalamion

  • Is it that mens frayle eyes, which gaze too bold, she may entangle in that golden snare: and being caught may craftily enfold, theyr weaker harts, which are not wel aware?

    Amoretti and Epithalamion

  • For all the rest, how euer fayre it be, shall turne to nought and loose that glorious hew: but onely that is permanent and free from frayle corruption, that doth flesh ensew.

    Amoretti and Epithalamion

  • All flesh is frayle, and all her strength vnstayd, like a vaine bubble blowen vp with ayre: deuouring tyme & changeful chance haue prayd, her glories pride that none may it repayre.

    Amoretti and Epithalamion

  • How was I rauisht with your louely sight, and my frayle thoughts too rashly led astray? whiles diuing deepe through amorous insight, on the sweet spoyle of beautie they did pray.

    Amoretti and Epithalamion

  • a man as you are, it is no difficult matter for you to know, what a frayle condition is imposed both on men and women; yet (for divers occasions) much more upon the one, then the other.

    The Decameron

  • Father I have manye tymes rehearsed to myne owne coumfort and dyvers others, your fashyon and wordes ye hadde to us when we were laste with you: for which I trust by the grace of god to be the better while I live, and when I am departed oute of this frayle life, which I praye God I maye passe and ende in his true obedient service, after the wholesome counsayle and fruitful exaumple of living I have had (good father) of you, whom I pray god geve me grace to folowe: which I shal the better thorow the assistaunce of your devoute prayers, the speciall staye of my frayltie.

    Selected English Letters


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