Amoretti LXVII: Like as a Huntsman

Original Text: 
Edmund Spenser, Amoretti and Epithalamion (P. S. for W. Ponsonby, 1595). STC 23076. Facs.edn. (Scolar Press, 1968). PR 2360 A5 1595E Robarts Library
2Seeing the game from him escap'd away,
3Sits down to rest him in some shady place,
4With panting hounds beguiled of their prey:
5So after long pursuit and vain assay,
6When I all weary had the chase forsook,
7The gentle deer return'd the self-same way,
8Thinking to quench her thirst at the next brook.
9There she beholding me with milder look,
10Sought not to fly, but fearless still did bide:
11Till I in hand her yet half trembling took,
12And with her own goodwill her firmly tied.
13Strange thing, me seem'd, to see a beast so wild,
14So goodly won, with her own will beguil'd.


1] A series of eighty-eight sonnets, published in 1595 and probably written between 1592 and 1594 during the poet's wooing of Elizabeth Boyle. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
,i>2RP 1.111-12.