"Amoretti" Sonnets LXXV-LXXVII by Edmund Spenser

Sonnet LXXV

One day I wrote her name upon the strand;
But came the waves, and washed it away.
Agayne, I wrote it with a second hand;
But came the tyde, and made my paynes his prey.
Vayne man! sayd she, that doest in vaine assay
A mortall thing so to immortalize;
For I my selfe shall lyke to this decay,
And eek my name bee wyped out lykewize.
Not so (quod I); let baser things devize
To dy in dust, but you shall live in fame:
My verse your vertues rare shall eternize,
And in the hevens wryte your glorious name;
    Where, when as death shall all the world subdew,
    Our love shall live, and later life renew.

Sonnet LXXVI

Fayre bosome! fraught with vertues richest tresure,
The neast of love, the lodging of delight,
The bowre of blisse, the paradice of pleasure
The sacred harbour of that hevenly spright;
How I was ravisht with your lovely sight,
And my frayle thoughts too rashly led astray!
Whiles diving deepe through amorous insight,
On the sweet spoyle of beautie they did pray;
And twixt her paps, like early fruit in May,
Whose harvest seemd to hasten now apace,
They loosely did theyr wanton winges display,
And there to rest themselves did boldly place.
    Sweet thoughts! I envy your so happy rest,
    Which oft I wisht, yet never was so blest.


Was it a dreame, or did I see it playne?
A goodly table of pure yvory,
All spred with juncats, fit to entertayne
The greatest Prince with pompous roialty?
Mongst which, there in a silver dish did ly
Two golden apples of unvalewd price;
Far passing those which Atalanta did entice:
Exceeding sweet, yet voyd of sinfull vice;
That man sought, yet none could ever taste;
Sweet fruit of pleasure, brought from paradice
By Love himselfe, and in his garden plaste!
    Her brest that table was, so richly spredd;
    My thoughts the guests which would thereon have fedd.

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