A Sonnet from Spenser


A Sonnet from Spenser on Today's Themes

Edmund Spenser poet who composed The Faerie Queene, and for whom the Spenserian stanza is named composed a series of sonnets called Amoretti, from which sequence this is taken:

Amoretti LXVIII Edmund Spenser

Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day,
Didst make thy triumph over death and sin:
And having harrow'd hell, didst bring away
Captivity thence captive, us to win:
This joyous day, dear Lord, with joy begin,
And grant that we for whom thou diddest die,
Being with thy dear blood clean wash'd from sin,
May live for ever in felicity.
And that thy love we weighing worthily,
May likewise love thee for the same again:
And for thy sake, that all like dear didst buy,
With love may one another entertain.
So let us love, dear love, like as we ought,
Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught.

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