Amoretti LXXIV: Most Happy Letters

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
2With which that happy name was first design'd:
3The which three times thrice happy hath me made,
4With gifts of body, fortune, and of mind.
6From mother's womb deriv'd by due descent,
7The second is my sovereign Queen most kind,
8That honour and large richesse to me lent.
9The third my love, my life's last ornament,
10By whom my spirit out of dust was raised:
11To speak her praise and glory excellent,
12Of all alive most worthy to be praised.
13Ye three Elizabeths for ever live,
14That three such graces did unto me give.


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
5] kind: Nature. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP 1.112.