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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
V. Queen Elizabeth
By Sir Aubrey de Vere (1788–1846)
THE LIONESS that stalks the forest bound
  More awful in her presence and her port
  Looked not than she: high in her cloudy court
  The rock-throned osprey, glancing sternly round
Through sun-lit air unshaken by a sound,        5
  From low desires and the base world’s resort
  Seemed elevated less: the dolphin’s sport
  O’er foam-flecked waves and sapphire depths profound
Showed not a pageant to the eye of morn
  More bright. Her thoughts were in the purple born;        10
  Her eye was empery; she gave the nod,
And all obeyed; all earthly powers with scorn
  She noted; yea, the fane itself she trod
  As though she were the sister of a god!

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