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Sir Walter Raleigh (1554?–1618).  Poems.  1892.
A Vision upon this Conceit of the Fairy Queen; 1590
METHOUGHT I saw the grave where Laura lay,
  Within that temple where the vestal flame
Was wont to burn: and, passing by that way,
  To see that buried dust of living fame,
Whose tomb fair Love and fairer Virtue kept,        5
  All suddenly I saw the Fairy Queen,
At whose approach the soul of Petrarch wept;
  And from thenceforth those graces were not seen,
For they this Queen attended; in whose stead
  Oblivion laid him down on Laura’s hearse.        10
Hereat the hardest stones were seen to bleed,
  And groans of buried ghosts the heavens did pierce:
Where Homer’s spright did tremble all for grief,
And cursed the access of that celestial thief.

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