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Ralph Waldo Emerson, comp. (1803–1882).  Parnassus: An Anthology of Poetry.  1880.
Spenser at Court
By Edmund Spenser (1552?–1599)
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FULL little knowest thou, that hast not tried,
What hell it is, in suing long to bide:
To loose good dayes that might be better spent;
To waste long nights in pensive discontent;
To speed to-day, to be put back to-morrow;        5
To feed on hope, to pine with feare and sorrow;
To have thy prince’s grace, yet want her peers;
To have thy asking, yet waite many yeares;
To fret thy soule with crosses and with cares;
To eate thy heart through comfortless despairs;        10
To fawn, to crouch, to wait, to ride, to run,
To spend, to give, to want, to be undone.

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