Who is Thomas Nashe

Thomas Nashe (baptised November 1567 – c. 1601) [also Nash] was an Elizabethan playwright, poet, satirist and a significant pamphleteer.:5 He is known for his novel The Unfortunate Traveller, his pamphlets including Pierce Penniless, and his numerous defences of the Church of England.

Life Nashe was the son of the parson William Nashe and Janeth (née Witchingham). He was born and baptised in Lowestoft, on the coast of Suffolk, where his father, William Nashe, or Nayshe as it is recorded, was curate. Though his mother bore seven children, only two survived childhood: Israel (born in 1565) and Thomas.:11

The family moved to West Harling, near Thetford in 1573 after Nashe's father was awarded the living there at the church of All Saints. Around 15...
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Thomas Nashe Poems

  • Autumn
    Autumn hath all the summer's fruitful treasure;
    Gone is our sport, fled is poor Croydon's pleasure.
    Short days, sharp days, long nights come on apace,
    Ah, who shall hide us from the winter's face? ...
  • A Litany In Time Of Plague
    Adieu, farewell, earth's bliss;
    This world uncertain is;
    Fond are life's lustful joys;
    Death proves them all but toys; ...
  • Summer's Last Will And Testament (excerpt)
    Spring, the sweet spring, is the year's pleasant king,
    Then blooms each thing, then maids dance in a ring,
    Cold doth not sting, the pretty birds do sing:
    Cuckoo, jug-jug, pu-we, to-witta-woo! ...
  • Poem 1 From Pierce Penilesse
    Why ist damnation to dispaire and die,
    When life is my true happinesse disease?
    My soule, my soule, thy safetye makes me flie
    The faultie meanes, that might my paine appease. ...
  • Fair Summer Droops
    Fair summer droops, droop men and beasts therefore,
    So fair a summer look for nevermore:
    All good things vanish less than in a day,
    Peace, plenty, pleasure, suddenly decay. ...
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  • Tylercurtain: for thomas nashe fans!
  • Merriamwebster: new podcast episode! this week on word matters: thomas nashe's 8 types of drunkards, and fun with animal plurals
  • Nmjohnson89: "spring, the sweet spring, is the year’s pleasant king." —thomas nashe
  • Clintonthegeek: "...where pliny is admitted for any purpose, the preacher is using grammatical exegesis in its patristic mode... nearly everything in [donne's] sermons which has been called 'metaphysical' is really grammatical exegesis." -mcluhan, 'place of thomas nashe...', pg 191
  • Mems_newcastle: listening to joe black on collectors of nashe: those who collected shakespeare also collected nashe. we owe these collectors a great deal in terms of ensuring nashe's work survives. though not thomas wyse who owned 11 & removed all provenance traces!
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