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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Sonet: ‘Fra bank to bank, fra wood to wood I rin’
By Mark Alexander Boyd (1562–1601)
 
FRA bank to bank, fra wood to wood I rin, 1
  Ourhailit 2 with my feeble fantasie;
Like til a leaf that fallis from a tree,
  Or til a reed ourblawin with the win.
Twa gods guides me: the ane of tham is blin,        5
  Yea and a bairn brocht up in vanitie;
  The next a wife ingenrit 3 of the sea,
And lichter nor a dauphin 4 with her fin.
 
Unhappy is the man for evermair
  That tills the sand and sawis in the air;        10
  But twice unhappier is he, I lairn,
That feidis 5 in his hairt a mad desire,
And follows on a woman throw 6 the fire,
  Led by a blind and teachit by a bairn.
 
Note 1. Rin: run. [back]
Note 2. Ourhailit: overspread. [back]
Note 3. Ingenrit: stir up. [back]
Note 4. Dauphin: dolphin. [back]
Note 5. Feidis: feeds. [back]
Note 6. Throw: through. [back]
 
 
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