James and Mary Ford, eds. Every Day in the Year. 1902.

June 6

The Rhymed Will of Hunnis

By William Hunnis (d. 1597)

  • Hunnis was chapel master to Queen Elizabeth and was a ryhmester—he cannot be called a poet—as well. According to his last will and testament, thus written in metre by himself, he experienced the proverbial poverty of the rhyming race. He died June 6, 1597.

  • “TO God my soul I do bequeathe, because it is His own,

    My body to be laid in grave, where, to my friends best known;

    Executors I will none make, thereby great strife may grow,

    Because the goods that I shall leave will not pay I owe.”