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SONNET: 10. TO THE LADY MARGARET LEY, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Daughter to that good earl, once president
Last Line: And to possess them, honour'd margaret.
Variant Title(s): To The Lady Margaret Ley;sonnet 10
Subject(s): Ley, James. 1st Earl Of Marlborough


Daughter to that good Earl, once President
Of England's Council and her Treasury,
Who lived in both, unstain'd with gold or fee,
And left them both, more in himself content.
Till the sad breaking of that Parliament
Broke him, as that dishonest victory
At Chaeronea, fatal to liberty,
Kill'd with report that old man eloquent; --
Though later born than to have known the days
Wherein your father flourish'd, yet by you,
Madam, methinks I see him living yet;
So well your words his noble virtues praise,
That all both judge you to relate them true,
And to possess them, honour'd Margaret.







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