Richard Alison
(fl.1586 - 1606)

The sturdy rock, for all his strength
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Published in An Howres Recreation in Musicke, London, 1606, and (according to the frontispiece) "framed for the delight of gentlemen and others which are well affected to that quality; all for the most part with two trebles necessary for such as teach in private families".
Lyrics: Anon

The sturdy rock, for all his strength,
By raging seas is rent in twain;
The marble stone is pierc'd at length,
With little drops of drizzling rain:
The ox doth yield unto the yoke,
The steel obeyeth the hammer stroke.

The stately stag, that seems so stout,
By yelping hounds at bay is set;
The swiftest bird that flies about,
Is caught at length in fowler's net:
The greatest fish, in deepest brook,
Is soon deceived with subtle hook.