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THE FAERIE QUEENE: DEDICATORY SONNET..SIR CHRISTOPHER HATTON, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: Those prudent heads, that with their counsels wise
Last Line: Which for their titles sake may find more grace.
Alternate Author Name(s): Clout, Colin
Subject(s): Hatton, Sir Christopher (1540-1591)


TO THE RIGHT HONOURABLE SIR CHRISTOPHER
HATTON, LORD HIGH CHAUNCELOR
OF ENGLAND, &C.

THOSE prudent heads, that with theire counsels wise
Whylom the pillours of th' earth did sustaine,
And taught ambitious Rome to tyrannise,
And in the neck of all the world to rayne,
Oft from those grave affaires were wont abstaine,
With the sweet Lady Muses for to play:
So Ennius the elder Africane,
So Maro oft did Caesars cares allay.
So you, great Lord, that with your counsell sway
The burdeine of this kingdom mightily,
With like delightes sometimes may eke delay
The rugged brow of carefull Policy;
And to these ydle rymes lend litle space,
Which for their titles sake may find more grace.





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