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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Fidessa
Sonnet LXI. Fidessa’s worth in time begetteth praise
Bartholomew Griffin (d. 1602)
 
FIDESSA’s worth in time begetteth praise,
  Time, praise; Praise, fame; Fame, wonderment;
Wonder, fame, praise, time, her worth do raise
  To highest pitch of dread astonishment.
Yet Time in time, her hardened heart bewrayeth:        5
  And Praise itself, her cruelty dispraiseth.
So that through Praise, alas, her praise decayeth:
  And that which makes it fall, her honour raiseth.
Most strange! yet true. So wonder wonder still,
  And follow fast the wonder of these days!        10
For well I know (all wonder to fulfil)
  Her will at length unto my will obeys:
Meantime, let others praise her constancy!
  And me attend upon her clemency!
 
 
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