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VERSES SUNG TO QUEEN ELIZABETH BY A MERMEAD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: O blessed eyes, the lyfe of sights yee see
Last Line: Finish their fading yeares, but not their lives.
Subject(s): Elizabeth I, Queen Of England (1533-1603


(as shee past upon the Thames to
Sir Arthur Gorges house at Chelsey)

O blessed eyes, the lyfe of sights yee see
Temper devyne of grace and Majestie
O gracefull Majestie, O blisfull eyes
See the strong proofes that there are deyeties
But tis a vision, Bewties rapting fyre
Hath cast me in a traunce.
What sence cannot attaine it must admyre
In humble ignorance.
Beutie and Majestie and grace enthrowned:
Not found in Millions are in one attoned.
See how to follow her the billowe hasts
And in her love the leaveles season wastes
Whose Beauties Circle Heavens doe soe empale
That wanting naugh[t] it sees the wants of all.
Seas, yeares, and beawties ever ebb and flow
But shee still fixt doth shine
When all things dyed; her Raigne began to growe
To prove shee is devyne.
Soe those in whose chast harts virtue survyves
Finish their fading yeares, but not their lives.






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