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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
Extracts from Caelica: Elizabetha Regina
By Fulke Greville, Lord Brooke (1554–1628)
[Sonnet LXXXII.]

UNDER a throne I saw a virgin sit,
The red and white rose quartered in her face,
Star of the North!—and for true guards to it,
Princes, church, states, all pointing out her grace.
The homage done her was not born of Wit;        5
Wisdom admir’d, Zeal took Ambition’s place,
State in her eyes taught Order how to fit
And fix Confusion’s unobserving race
  Fortune can here claim nothing truly great,
  But that this princely creature is her seat.        10

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