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Edmund Spenser (1552-1599)

Amoretti LXVII: Like as a Huntsman

              1Like as a huntsman after weary chase,
              2Seeing the game from him escap'd away,
              3Sits down to rest him in some shady place,
              4With panting hounds beguiled of their prey:
              5So after long pursuit and vain assay,
              6When I all weary had the chase forsook,
              7The gentle deer return'd the self-same way,
              8Thinking to quench her thirst at the next brook.
              9There she beholding me with milder look,
            10Sought not to fly, but fearless still did bide:
            11Till I in hand her yet half trembling took,
            12And with her own goodwill her firmly tied.
            13Strange thing, me seem'd, to see a beast so wild,
            14So goodly won, with her own will beguil'd.


1] A series of eighty-eight sonnets, published in 1595 and probably written between 1592 and 1594 during the poet's wooing of Elizabeth Boyle.

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Edmund Spenser, Amoretti and Epithalamion (P. S. for W. Ponsonby, 1595). STC 23076. Facs.edn. (Scolar Press, 1968). PR 2360 A5 1595E Robarts Library
First publication date: 1595
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott
RP edition: ,i>2RP 1.111-12.
Recent editing: 4:2002/5/23

Composition date: 1592 - 1594
Form: Spenserian Sonnet
Rhyme: ababbcbccdcdee

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