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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Amoretti and Epithalamion
Sonnet LXXVII. Was it a dream, or did I see it plain
Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
WAS it a dream, or did I see it plain;
A goodly table of pure ivory,
All spread with junkets, fit to entertain
The greatest Prince with pompous royalty:
’Mongst which, there in a silver dish did lie        5
Two golden apples of unvalued price;
Far passing those which Hercules came by,
Or those which Atalanta did entice;
Exceeding sweet, yet void of sinful vice;
That many sought, yet none could ever taste;        10
Sweet fruit of pleasure, brought from Paradise
By Love himself, and in his garden placed.
  Her breast that table was, so richly spread;
  My thoughts the guests, which would thereon have fed.

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