King Henry VIII: Though some say that youth rules me

King Henry VIII wasn’t always the blood-soaked tyrant and wife killer of popular imagination, as a young man, tall, broad shouldered and athletic, he had been much admired both on the tennis court and the dance floor.

But he was also a learned man, inquisitive and serious who perceived himself a Renaissance Prince much allured by love and devoted to the chivalric code. He sang, wooed the ladies, wrote songs, and penned verse.

To the more earnest amongst his advisors and those on the Privy Council such fripperies they felt reduced his stock in the realm of public affairs.

To such criticism Henry would reply in verse:

Though some say that youth rules me

Though some say that youth rules me,
I trust in age to tarry.
God and my right, and my duty,
From them shall I never vary,
Though some say that youth rules me.

I pray you all that aged be
How well did you your youth carry?
I think some worse of each degree.
Therein a wager lay dare I,
Though some say that youth rules me.

Pastimes of youth some time among
None can say but necessary.
I hurt no man, I do no wrong,
I love true where I did marry,
Though some say that youth rules me.

Then soon discuss that hence we must
Pray we to God and Saint Mary
That all amend, and here an end.
Thus says the King, the eighth Harry,
Though some say that youth rules me.

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