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The complete works in verse and prose of Edmund Spenser

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Pages: 120

Book format: An electronic version of a printed book that can be read on a computer or handheld device designed specifically for this purpose.

Publisher: Date:8/5/2009 - General Books LLC

By: Edmund Spenser

Excerpt from book: Sonnet. XLVI. WHEN my abodes prefixed time is fpent, My cruell fayre ftreight bids me wend my way : but then fro heauen moft hideous ftormes are fent as willing me againft her will to flay. Whom then (hall I or heauen or her obay, the heauens know bed what is the beft for me : but as fhe will, whofe will my life doth fway, my lower heauen, fo it perforce muft bee. But ye high heuens, that all this forowe fee, fith all your tempefts cannot hold me backe : afwage your ftormes, or elfe both you, and flic, will both together me too forely wrack. Enough it is for one man to fuftaine, the ftormes, which fhe alone on me doth raine. Sonnet. XLVII. TRUST / not the treafon of thofe fmyling lookes, vntill ye haue theyr guylefull traynes well tryde : for they are lyke but vnto golden hookes, that from the foolifh fifh theyr bayts do hyde : So flie with flattring fmylcs weake harts doth guydc, vnto her louc, and tempte to theyr decay, whome being caught flic kills with cruell pryde, and feeds at pleafurc on the wretched pray: Yet euen whylft her bloody hands them flay, her eyes looke louely and vpon them fmyle : that they take pleafure in their cruell play, and dying doe them felues of payne beguyle. O mighty charm which makes men loue theyr bane, and thinck they dy with pleafure, Hue with payne. Sonnet. XLVIII. INNO/CENT paper whom too cruell hand, Did make the matter to auenge her yre : and ere fhe could thy caufe wel vnderftand, did facrifize vnto the greedy fyre. Well worthy thou to haue found better hyre, then fo bad end for hereticks ordayned : yet herefy nor treafon didft confpirc, but plead thy maifters caufe vniuftly payned. Whom fhe all careleffe of his griefe conftrayned to vtter forth th' anguifli of his hart : and woul...  


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