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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet LXIX. The famous warriors of antique world
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
THE FAMOUS warriors of antique world
Used trophies to erect in stately wise;
In which they would the records have enroll’d
Of their great deeds and valorous emprize.
What trophy then shall I most fit devise,        5
In which I may record the memory
Of my love’s conquest, peerless beauty’s prize,
Adorn’d with honour, love, and chastity!
Even this verse, vow’d to eternity,
Shall be thereof immortal monument;        10
And tell her praise to all posterity,
That may admire such world’s rare wonderment;
  The happy purchase of my glorious spoil,
  Gotten at last with labour and long toil.

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