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(Sonnet to Queen Elizabeth)

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(Sonnet to Queen Elizabeth)

An only thought – that safes me and alarms – bitter and sweet – changes endless in my heart – clouds on me between doubt and hope while peace and calm fly from me.

So – sister dear – if this letter draws on the fond desire to see you that makes me forward thus – it is because I am condemned to pain and sadness if some answer does not quickly come.

I have seen a ship drop anchor upon the high tide – near to port – and the bright sky cloud.

Thus I am in worry and in fear – not from you but from unsteady times when Fortune breaks – its double – sail and rigging.

(Sonnet written at Fotheringhay Castle)

Ah what am I? – and what use my life? –

I am no more than a body stripped of its heart – a nothing-shadow – a thing of misery – with nothing now more than a death in life.

O enemies – envy me no more – who has no more desire alive for greatness.

I have done with too much sadness – and cannot see your anger quickly tempered.

And you – my friends – still truly dear – remember that – heartless and lifeless –

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A Poor Man’s Riches

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August Moon

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Homesick

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At My Husband’s Grave

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