MARGUERITE Sonnet No.25
Let those who are in favour with their stars,
Of public honour and proud titles boast,
Whilst I, whom fortune of such triumph bars,
Unlook'd for joy in that I honour most,
Great Princes favourites their fair leaves spread,
But as the marigold at the sun's eye,
And in themselves their pride lies buried,
For at a frown, they in their glory die,
The painful warrior famoused for fight,
After a thousand victories once foiled,
Is from the book of honour razed quite,
And all the best forgot for which he toil'd:
Then happy I, that love and am beloved,
Where I may not remove or be removed.
Note the repetition of the following words, we find-honour,
honour, honour, their stars, their fair leaves, their pride, their
glory (see 91).
1st Line. Persons born under a lucky star.
4th Line. Unlook'd for-unexpected.
6th Line. The marigold-which opens and shuts with the
sun, flowering in the sun and dying in the evening
when the sun has set.
9th Line. Famoused-renowned painful-laborious.
11th Line. Razed-wiped out.
12th Line. All the rest-of his victories.
Here Bacon tells Marguerite that although fortunes favourites
may fall-and fortune has barred him from public honour-he
is assured of her love which is irremovable.