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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.

 

 
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