Queen Elizabeth I

Queen Elizabeth I

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Elizabeth I (7 September 1533 – 24 March 1603)[ was Queen of England and Ireland from 17 November 1558 until her death on 24 March 1603. Sometimes called the Virgin Queen, Gloriana or Good Queen Bess, Elizabeth was the last of the five monarchs of the House of Tudor.
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Ah Silly Pug Wert Thou So Sore Afraid

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Ah, silly Pug, wert thou so sore afraid
Mourn not, my Wat, nor be thou so dismayed
It passeth fickle Fortune’s power and skill To force my heart to think thee any ill
No Fortune base, thou sayest, shall alter thee
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When I Was Fair And Young

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When I was fair and young, then favor graced me
Of many was I sought their mistress for to be
But I did scorn them all and answered them therefore:
Go, go, go, seek some other where; importune me no more
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Oh Fortune!

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Oh,
Fortune
how thy restlesse wavering
Hath fraught with cares my troubled witt
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In Defiance of Fortune

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Never think you fortune can bear the
Where virtue's force can cause her to obey
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Written in her French Psalter

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No crooked leg, no bleared eye,
No part deformed out of kind,
Nor yet so ugly half can
As is the inward suspicious mind
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On Monsieurs Departure

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I grieve and dare not show my discontent,
I love and yet am forced to seem to hate,
I do, yet dare not say I ever meant,
I seem stark mute but inwardly to prate
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The Doubt of Future Foes

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The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy,
And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy;
For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects' faith doth ebb,
Which should not be if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web
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Written on a Wall at Woodstock

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Oh Fortune, thy wresting wavering
Hath fraught with cares my troubled wit,
Whose witness this present prison
Could bear, where once was joy's loan quit
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Written with a Diamond on her Window at Woodstock

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Much suspected by me,
Nothing proved can be,
Quoth Elizabeth prisoner
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