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He oft finds med'cine, who his griefe imparts;
But double griefs afflict concealing harts,
As raging flames who striveth to supresse. -- Edmund Spenser
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Sweet breathing Zephyrus did softly play,
A gentle spirit, that lightly did delay
Hot Titan's beams, which then did glister fair -- Edmund Spenser
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The poets' scrolls will outlive the monuments of stone. Genius survives; all else is claimed by death. -- Edmund Spenser
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Yet is there one more cursed than they all,
That canker-worm, that monster, jealousie,
Which eats the heart and feeds upon the gall,
Turning all love's delight to misery,
Through fear of losing his felicity. -- Edmund Spenser
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I was promised on a time
To have reason for my rhyme;
From that time unto this season,
I received nor rhyme nor reason. -- Edmund Spenser
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Me seemes the world is runne quite out of square,From the first point of his appointed sourse,And being once amisse growes daily wourse and wourse. -- Edmund Spenser
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Go little book, thy self present, As child whose parent is unkent: To him that is the president Of noblesse and of chivalry, And if that Envy bark at thee, As sure it will, for succour flee. -- Edmund Spenser
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She bathed with roses red,
And violets blew.
And all the sweetest flowres
That in the forrest grew. -- Edmund Spenser
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All love is sweet Given or returned And its familiar voice wearies not ever. -- Edmund Spenser
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My Love is like to ice, and I to fire:
How comes it then that this her cold so great
Is not dissolved through my so hot desire,
But harder grows the more I her entreat? -- Edmund Spenser
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What more felicity can fall to creature, than to enjoy delight with liberty? -- Edmund Spenser
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And all for love, and nothing for reward. -- Edmund Spenser
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Good Hobbinoll, what garres thee greete?
What! hath some wolfe thy tender lambes ytorne?
Or is thy bagpype broke, that soundes so sweete?
Or art thou of thy loved lasse forlorne? -- Edmund Spenser
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For evil deeds may better than bad words be borne. -- Edmund Spenser
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For that which all men then did virtue call, Is now called vice; and that which vice was hight, Is now hight virtue, and so used of all: Right now is wrong, and wrong that was is right -- Edmund Spenser
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At last, the golden orientall gate Of greatest heaven gan to open fayre, And Phoebus, fresh as brydegrome to his mate, Came dauncing forth, shaking his dewie hayre; And hurls his glistring beams through gloomy ayre. -- Edmund Spenser
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All that in this world is great or gay,
Doth, as a vapor, vanish and decay. -- Edmund Spenser
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No daintie flowre or herbe that growes on grownd, No arborett with painted blossoms drest And smelling sweete, but there it might be fownd To bud out faire, and throwe her sweete smels al arownd. -- Edmund Spenser
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All sorts of flowers the which on earth do spring
In goodly colours gloriously arrayed;
Go to my love, where she is careless laid -- Edmund Spenser
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I hate the day, because it lendeth light
To see all things, but not my love to see. -- Edmund Spenser
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Bright as does the morning star appear,
Out of the east with flaming locks bedight,
To tell the dawning day is drawing near. -- Edmund Spenser
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Woe never wants, where every cause is caught, and rash Occasion makes unquiet life. -- Edmund Spenser
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Vntroubled night they say giues counsell best. -- Edmund Spenser
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So let us love, dear Love, like as we ought;
Love is the lesson which the Lord us taught. -- Edmund Spenser
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Ill can he rule the great that cannot reach the small. -- Edmund Spenser
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In vain he seeketh others to suppress, Who hath not learn'd himself first to subdue. -- Edmund Spenser
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The fish once caught, new bait will hardly bite. -- Edmund Spenser
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The Patron of true Holinesse,
Foule Errour doth defeate:
Hypocrisie him to entrappe,
Doth to his home entreate. -- Edmund Spenser
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For all that faire is, is by nature good;That is a signe to know the gentle blood. -- Edmund Spenser
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Be bold, and everywhere be bold. -- Edmund Spenser
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Men, when their actions succeed not as they would, are always ready to impute the blame thereof to heaven, so as to excuse their own follies. -- Edmund Spenser
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Who would ever care to do brave deed,
Or strive in virtue others to excel,
If none should yield him his deserved meed
Due praise, that is the spur of doing well?
For if good were not praised more than ill,
None would choose goodness of his own free will. -- Edmund Spenser
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And painful pleasure turns to pleasing pain. -- Edmund Spenser
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So passeth, in the passing of a day,
Of mortall life the leafe, the bud, the flowre -- Edmund Spenser
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Ah! when will this long weary day have end,
And lende me leave to come unto my love?
- Epithalamion -- Edmund Spenser
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But times do change and move continually. -- Edmund Spenser
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There is nothing lost, but may be found, if sought.
(No hay nada perdido, que no pueda encontrarse, si se lo busca) -- Edmund Spenser
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But Justice, though her dome doom she doe prolong,Yet at the last she will her owne cause right. -- Edmund Spenser
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All for love, and nothing for reward. -- Edmund Spenser
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Full many mischiefs follow cruel wrath;
Abhorred bloodshed and tumultuous strife
Unmanly murder and unthrifty scath,
Bitter despite, with rancor's rusty knife;
And fretting grief the enemy of life;
All these and many evils more, haunt ire. -- Edmund Spenser
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Her angel's face, As the great eye of heaven shined bright, And made a sunshine in the shady place. -- Edmund Spenser
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Joy may you have and gentle hearts content
Of your loves couplement:
And let faire Venus, that is Queene of love,
With her heart-quelling Sonne upon you smile -- Edmund Spenser
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So Orpheus did for his owne bride,
So I unto my selfe alone will sing,
The woods shall to me answer and my Eccho ring. -- Edmund Spenser
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The gentle mind by gentle deeds is known,
For a man by nothing is so well betrayed
As by his manners. -- Edmund Spenser
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To be wise and eke to love,
Is granted scarce to gods above. -- Edmund Spenser
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Fondnesse it were for any being free,
To covet fetters, though they golden bee. -- Edmund Spenser
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For take thy ballaunce if thou be so wise, And weigh the winds that under heaven doth blow; Or weigh the light that in the east doth rise; Or weigh the thought that from man's mind doth flow. -- Edmund Spenser
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Discord oft in music makes the sweeter lay. -- Edmund Spenser
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But angels come to lead frail minds to rest in chaste desires, on heavenly beauty bound. You frame my thoughts, and fashion me within; you stop my tongue, and teach my heart to speak. -- Edmund Spenser
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For next to Death is Sleepe to be compared;
Therefore his house is unto his annext:
Here Sleepe, ther Richesse, and hel-gate them both betwext. -- Edmund Spenser
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Each goodly thing is hardest to begin. -- Edmund Spenser
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The nightingale is sovereign of song. -- Edmund Spenser
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For of the soule the bodie forme doth take;
For the soule is forme, and doth the bodie make. -- Edmund Spenser
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[...] one louing howre
For many yeares of sorrow can dispence:
A dram of sweet is worth a pound of sowre -- Edmund Spenser
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Gather the rose of love whilst yet is time. -- Edmund Spenser
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Vaine is the vaunt, and victory unjust, that more to mighty hands, then rightfull cause doth trust. -- Edmund Spenser
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What more felicitie can fall to creature Than to enjoy delight with libertie, And to be lord of all the workes of Nature, To raine in th' aire from earth to highest skie, To feed on flowres and weeds of glorious feature. -- Edmund Spenser
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O happy earth, Whereon thy innocent feet doe ever tread! -- Edmund Spenser
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Foul jealousy! that turnest love divine to joyless dread, and makest the loving heart with hateful thoughts to languish and to pine. -- Edmund Spenser
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Yet gold all is not, that doth gold seem,
Nor all good knights, that shake well spear and shield:
The worth of all men by their end esteem,
And then praise, or due reproach them yield. -- Edmund Spenser
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Man's wretched state, That floures so fresh at morne, and fades at evening late. -- Edmund Spenser
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Like as the culver on the bared bough
Sits mourning for the absence of her mate -- Edmund Spenser
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For deeds to die, however nobly done, And thoughts of men to as themselves decay, But wise words taught in numbers for to run, Recorded by the Muses, live for ay. -- Edmund Spenser
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The youthfull knight could not for ought be staide,
But forth vnto the darksome hole he went,
And looked in:his glistring armor made
A litle glooming light, much like a shade, -- Edmund Spenser
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Why then should witless man so much misweene
That nothing is but that which he hath seene? -- Edmund Spenser
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Beauty is not, as fond men misdeem, an outward show of things that only seem. -- Edmund Spenser
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Sluggish idleness
the nurse of sin. -- Edmund Spenser
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The mind maketh good or ill, wretch or happy, rich or poor. -- Edmund Spenser
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Fly from wrath; sad be the sights and bitter fruits of war; a thousand furies wait on wrathful swords. -- Edmund Spenser
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Fierce warres and faithfull loves shall moralize my song. -- Edmund Spenser
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Waking love suffereth no sleepe:
Say, that raging love dothe appall the weake stomacke:
Say, that lamenting love marreth the musicall. -- Edmund Spenser
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Nothing under heaven so strongly doth allure the sense of man, and all his mind possess, as beauty's love. -- Edmund Spenser
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Make haste therefore, sweet love, whilst it is prime,
For none can call again the passed time. -- Edmund Spenser
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But as it falleth, in the gentlest hearts Imperious love hath highest set his throne, And tyrannizeth in the bitter smarts Of them, that to him buxom are and prone. -- Edmund Spenser
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Fresh spring the herald of love's mighty king. -- Edmund Spenser
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Hark, how the cheerful birds do chaunt their lays, and carol of love's praise. -- Edmund Spenser
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For trumpets sterne to chaunge mine Oaten reeds,
And sing of Knights and Ladies gentle deeds; -- Edmund Spenser
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Rising glory occasions the greatest envy, as kindling fire the greatest smoke. -- Edmund Spenser
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A Gentle Knight was pricking on the plaine. -- Edmund Spenser
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Fretting grief the enemy of life. -- Edmund Spenser
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The gentle minde by gentle deeds is knowne. -- Edmund Spenser
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And thus of all my harvest-hope I have Nought reaped but a weedye crop of care. -- Edmund Spenser
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Then came October, full of merry glee. -- Edmund Spenser
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This iron world bungs down the stoutest hearts to lowest state; for misery doth bravest minds abate. -- Edmund Spenser
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Pour out the wine without restraint or stay,
Pour not by cups, but by the bellyful,
Pour out to all that wull. -- Edmund Spenser
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Aye me, how many perils do enfold
The righteous man, to make him daily fall?
Were not, that heavenly grace doth him uphold,
And steadfast truth acquite him out of all. -- Edmund Spenser
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In youth, before I waxe' d old, The blind boy,Venus' baby, For want of cunning made me bold, In bitter hive to grope for honey. -- Edmund Spenser
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Woe to the man that first did teach the cursed steel to bite in his own flesh, and make way to the living spirit! -- Edmund Spenser
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Unhappie Verse, the witnesse of my unhappie state,
Make thy selfe fluttring wings of thy fast flying
Thought -- Edmund Spenser
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The ever-whirling wheele Of Change, to which all mortal things doth sway. -- Edmund Spenser
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The man whom nature's self had made to mock herself, and truth to imitate. -- Edmund Spenser
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Death is an equall doome
To good and bad, the common In of rest. -- Edmund Spenser
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For we by conquest, of our soveraine might,And by eternall doome of Fate's decree,Have wonne the Empire of the Heavens bright. -- Edmund Spenser
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And painefull pleasure turnes to pleasing paine. -- Edmund Spenser
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For easy things, that may be got at will, Most sorts of men do set but little store. -- Edmund Spenser
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I learned have, not to despise,What ever thing seemes small in common eyes. -- Edmund Spenser
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And he that strives to touch the stars
Oft stumbles at a straw. -- Edmund Spenser
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Much more profitable and gracious is doctrine by example than by rule. -- Edmund Spenser
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The noblest mind the best contentment has -- Edmund Spenser
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He that strives to touch the starts, oft stumbles at a straw. -- Edmund Spenser
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Through knowledge we behold the world's creation, How in his cradle first he fostered was; And judge of Nature's cunning operation, How things she formed of a formless mass. -- Edmund Spenser
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And through the hall there walked to and fro A jolly yeoman, marshall of the same, Whose name was Appetite; he did bestow Both guestes and meate, whenever in they came, And knew them how to order without blame. -- Edmund Spenser
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Ah, fool! faint heart fair lady ne'er could win. -- Edmund Spenser
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All that in this delightful garden grows should happy be and have immortal bliss. -- Edmund Spenser
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Together linkt with adamantine chains. -- Edmund Spenser
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For there is nothing lost, that may be found, if sought. -- Edmund Spenser
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Sleep after toil, port after stormy seas, Ease after war, death after life does greatly please. -- Edmund Spenser
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Where justice grows, there grows eke greater grace. -- Edmund Spenser
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I trow that countenance cannot lie,Whose thoughts are legible in the eie. -- Edmund Spenser
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Greatest god below the sky. -- Edmund Spenser
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Laws ought to be fashioned unto the manners and conditions of the people whom they are meant to benefit, and not imposed upon them according to the simple rule of right. -- Edmund Spenser
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In one consort there sat cruel revenge and rancorous despite, disloyal treason and heart-burning hate. -- Edmund Spenser
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Those that were up themselves, kept others low;
Those that were low themselves, held others hard;
He suffered them to ryse or greater grow;
But every one did strive his fellow down to throw. -- Edmund Spenser
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Who will not mercy unto others show, How can he mercy ever hope to have? -- Edmund Spenser
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The merry cuckow, messenger of Spring, His trumpet shrill hath thrice already sounded. -- Edmund Spenser
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Hard it is to teach the old horse to amble anew. -- Edmund Spenser
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How many perils doe enfold The righteous man to make him daily fall. -- Edmund Spenser
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Change still doth reign, and keep the greater sway. -- Edmund Spenser
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Thankfulness is the tune of angels. -- Edmund Spenser
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Hasty wrath and heedless hazardy do breed repentance late and lasting infamy. -- Edmund Spenser
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Yet nothing did he dread, but euer was ydrad. -- Edmund Spenser
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But O the exceeding grace
Of highest God, that loves his creatures so,
And all his works with mercy doth embrace,
That blessed angels, he sends to and fro,
To serve to wicked man, to serve his wicked foe. -- Edmund Spenser
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It is the mind that maketh good of ill, that maketh wretch or happy, rich or poor. -- Edmund Spenser
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Gold all is not that doth golden seem. -- Edmund Spenser
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O sacred hunger of ambitious minds. -- Edmund Spenser
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From good to bad, and from bad to worse,
From worse unto that is worst of all,
And then return to his former fall. -- Edmund Spenser