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Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618).  Poems.  1892.
The Shepherd’s Praise of his Sacred Diana; before 1593
PRAISED be Diana’s fair and harmless light;
  Praised be the dews wherewith she moists the ground;
Praised be her beams, the glory of the night;
  Praised be her power, by which all powers abound.
Praised be her nymphs, with whom she decks the woods;        5
  Praised be her knights, in whom true honour lives;
Praised be that force, by which she moves the floods;
  Let that Diana shine which all these gives.
In heaven queen she is among the spheres;
  She mistress-like makes all things to be pure;        10
Eternity in her oft change she bears;
  She beauty is; by her the fair endure.
Time wears her not; she doth his chariot guide;
  Mortality below her orb is placed;
By her the virtues of the stars down slide;        15
  In her is virtue’s perfect image cast.
A knowledge pure it is her worth to know:
With Circes let them dwell that think not so.
[S. W. R.] IGNOTO.

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