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Samuel Waddington, comp.  The Sonnets of Europe.  1888.
 
The Ivy, Holly, and Green Bay
By Éstienne Jodelle (1532–1573)
 
Translated by Henry Francis Cary

I LOVE the bay-tree’s never-withering green,
  Which nor the northern blast nor hoary rime
  Effaceth; conqueror of death and time;
  Emblem wherein eternity is seen.
I love the holly and those prickles keen        5
  On his gloss’d leaves that keep their verdant prime;
  And ivy too I love, whose tendrils climb
  On tree or bower, and weave their amorous screen.
All three I love, which alway green resemble
  The immortal thoughts that in my heart assemble        10
  Of thee, whom still I worship night and day.
But straiter far the knot that hath me bound,
  More keen my thorns, and greener is my wound,
  Than are the ivy, holly, or green bay.
 
 
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