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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Sonnet XI. In Ida Vale three Queens, the Shepherd saw
Giles Fletcher (1586?–1623)
IN Ida Vale three Queens, the Shepherd saw;
Queens of esteem, divine, they were all three.
A sight of worth, but I a wonder show:
Their virtues all in one alone to be.
  LICIA the Fair surpassing VENUS’s pride,        5
(The matchless Queen, commander of the gods,
When, drawn with doves, she in her pomp doth ride)
Hath far more beauty and more grace by odds:
  JUNO, JOVE’s wife, unmeet to make compare;
I grant a goddess, but not half so mild:        10
MINERVA wise, a virtue; but not rare.
Yet these are mean, if that my Love but smiled.
  She them surpasseth, when their prides are full,
  As far as they surpass the meanest trull.
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