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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
VI. Maidenhood
By David Gray (1838–1861)
A SACRED land, to common men unknown,
  A land of bowery glades and greenwoods hoary,
Still waters where white stars reflected shone,
  And ancient castles in their ivied glory.
Fair knights caparisoned in golden mail,        5
  And maidens whose enchantment was their beauty,
Met but to whisper each the passion-tale,
  For love was all their pleasure and their duty.
Here cedar bark, as with a moving will,
  Floated through liquid silver all untended;        10
Here wrong and baseness ever came to ill,
  And virtue with delight was sweetly blended.
This land, dear Spenser! was thy fair creation,
Made through fine glamour of imagination.
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