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AMORETTI: 23, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Penelope, for her ulysses' [ulisses] sake
Last Line: Whose fruitlesse worke is broken with least wynd.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Variant Title(s): "doing And Undoing;""penelope For Her Ulisses' Sake,"";
Subject(s): Penelope (Mythology); Melancholy


Penelope, for her Ulisses sake,
Deviz'd a web her wooers to deceave,
In which the worke that she all day did make,
The same at night she did againe unreave.
Such subtile craft my damzell doth conceave,
Th' importune suit of my desire to shonne:
For all that I in many dayes doo weave
In one short houre I find by her undonne.
So when I thinke to end that I begonne,
I must begin and never bring to end:
For with one looke she spils that long I sponne,
And with one word my whole years work doth rend.
Such labour like the spyders web I fynd,
Whose fruitlesse worke is broken with least wynd.





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