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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet LXXI. I joy to see how, in your drawen work
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
 
I JOY to see how, in your drawen work,
Yourself unto the bee ye do compare;
And me unto the spider, that doth lurk
In close await, to catch her unaware:
Right so yourself were caught in cunning snare        5
Of a dear foe, and thralled to his love;
In whose straight bands ye now captivéd are
So firmly, that ye never may remove.
But as your work is woven all above
With woodbine flowers and fragrant eglantine;        10
So sweet your prison you in time shall prove,
With many dear delights bedecked fine.
  And all thenceforth eternal peace shall see
  Between the spider and the gentle bee.
 
 
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