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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed.  The Book of Elizabethan Verse.  1907.
 
Madrigal
By William Drummond of Hawthornden (1585–1649)
 
    MY thoughts hold mortal strife;
    I do detest my life,
    And with lamenting cries
    Peace to my soul to bring
Oft call that price which here doth monarchize.        5
    But he grim grinning king,
Who caitiffs scorns, and doth the blest surprise,
Last having deck’d with beauty’s rose his tomb,
Disdains to crop a weed, and will not come.
 
 
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