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SONNET VIII.

On the CANTOS of SPENSER'S Fairy Queen, lost in the Passage from Ireland.

1 WO worth the man, who in ill hour assay'd
2 To tempt that western frith with vent'rous keel,
3 And seek what heav'n, regardful of our weal,
4 Had hid in fogs, and night's eternal shade.
5 Ill-starr'd Hibernia! well art thou repaid
6 For all the woes, that Britain made thee feel
7 By Henry's wrath, and Pembroke's conquering steel,
8 Who sack'd thy towns, and castles disarray'd:
9 No longer now with idle sorrow mourn
10 Thy plunder'd wealth, or liberties restrain'd,
11 Nor deem their victories thy loss or shame;
12 Severe revenge on Britain in thy turn
13 And ample spoils thy treach'rous waves obtain'd,
14 Which sunk one half of Spenser's deathless same.

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    Title (in Source Edition): SONNET VIII. On the CANTOS of SPENSER'S Fairy Queen, lost in the Passage from Ireland.
    Themes: poetry; literature; writing; disaster
    Genres: sonnet; Italian (Petrarchan) sonnet
    References: DMI 22483

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    A Collection of Poems in Six Volumes. By Several Hands. Vol. II. London: printed by J. Hughs, for R. and J. Dodsley, 1763 [1st ed. 1758], p. 329. 6v.: music; 8⁰. (ESTC T131163)

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