Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, THE FAERIE QUEENE: DEDICATORY SONNET TO.. EARLE OF OXENFORD, by EDMUND SPENSER



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THE FAERIE QUEENE: DEDICATORY SONNET TO.. EARLE OF OXENFORD, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Receive, most noble lord, in gentle gree
Last Line: That loves and honours thee, as doth behove.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin


TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE THE EARLE
OF OXENFORD, LORD HIGH CHAMBERLAYNE
OF ENGLAND, &C.

RECEIVE, most noble Lord, in gentle gree
The unripe fruit of an unready wit,
Which by thy countenaunce doth crave to bee
Defended from foule Envies poisnous bit:
Which so to doe may thee right well befit,
Sith th' antique glory of thine auncestry
Under a shady vele is therein writ,
And eke thine owne long living memory,
Succeeding them in true nobility;
And also for the love which thou doest beare
To th' Heliconian ymps, and they to thee,
They unto thee, and thou to them, most deare.
Deare as thou art unto thy selfe, so love
That loves and honours thee, as doth behove.





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