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VIRGILS GNAT: DEDICATORY SONNET, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Wrong'd, yet not daring to expresse my paine
Last Line: May by this gnatts complaint be easily knowen.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Dudley, Robert. 1st Earl Of Leicester; Gnats


LONG SINCE DEDICATED
TO THE MOST NOBLE AND EXCELLENT LORD,
THE EARLE OF LEICESTER, LATE
DECEASED

WRONG'D, yet not daring to expresse my paine,
To you (great Lord) the causer of my care,
In clowdie teares my case I thus complaine
Unto your selfe, that onely privie are:
But if that any Oedipus unware
Shall chaunce, through power of some divining spright,
To reade the secrete of this riddle rare,
And know the purporte of my evill plight,
Let him rest pleased with his owne insight,
Ne further seeke to glose upon the text:
For griefe enough it is to grieved wight
To feele his fault, and not be further vext.
But what so by my selfe may not be showen,
May by this Gnatts complaint be easily knowen.





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