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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Epigram: The Doubt
By Queen Elizabeth (1533–1603)
 
    THE DOUBT of future foes
    Exiles my present joy,
And wit me warns to shun such snares
    As threaten mine annoy.
 
    For falsehood now doth flow,        5
    And subject faith doth ebb,
Which would not be if reason ruled,
    Or wisdom weaved the web.
 
    But clouds of toys untried
    Do cloak aspiring minds,        10
Which turn to rain of late repent,
    By course of changèd winds.
 
    The top of hope supposed
    The root of ruth will be,
And fruitless all their graffèd guiles,        15
    As shortly ye shall see.
 
    Then dazzled eyes with pride,
    Which great ambition blinds,
Shall be unsealed by worthy wights,
    Whose foresight falsehood finds.        20
 
    The daughter of debate,
    That eke discord doth sow,
Shall reap no gain where former rule
    Hath taught still peace to grow.
 
    No foreign banished wight        25
    Shall anchor in this port;
Our realm it brooks no stranger’s force;
    Let them elsewhere resort.
 
    Our rusty sword with rest
    Shall first his edge employ,        30
To poll their tops that seek such change
    And gape for future joy.
 
 
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