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Thomas Humphry Ward, ed.  The English Poets.  1880–1918.
Vol. I. Early Poetry: Chaucer to Donne
A Vision upon This Conceit of The Fairy Queen
By Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618)
[Appended to Spenser’s Faery Queen.]

METHOUGHT I saw the grave where Laura lay,
Within that temple where the vestal flame
Was wont to burn: and, passing by that way,
To see that buried dust of living fame,
Whose tomb fair Love and fairer Virtue kept,        5
All suddenly I saw the Fairy Queen;
At whose approach the soul of Petrarch wept,
And from thenceforth those graces were not seen,
For they this Queen attended; in whose stead
Oblivion laid him down on Laura’s hearse.        10
Hereat the hardest stones were seen to bleed,
And groans of buried ghosts the heavens did pierce:
  Where Homer’s spright did tremble all for grief,
  And cursed the access of that celestial thief.

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