A VISION UPON THIS CONCEIT OF
THE FAIRY QUEEN.1
ETHOUGHT I saw the grave where
Within that temple where the vestal
Was wont to burn : and, passing by that way,
To see that buried dust of living fame,
Whose tomb fair Love and fairer Virtue kept,
All suddenly I saw the Faery Queen,
At whose approach the soul of Petrarch wept;
And from thenceforth those graces were not seen,
For they this Queen attended ; in whose stead
Oblivion laid him down on Laura's hearse.
Hereat the hardest stones were seen to bleed,
And groans of buried ghosts the heavens did pierce:
Where Homer's spright did tremble all for grief,
And cursed the access of that celestial thief.
1 Appended to Spenser's "Fairy Queen," books i.-iii.,
1590, p. 596.
Hannah, J., Ed. The Poems of Sir Walter Raleigh.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1891. 8.
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