Let those who are in favor – Sonnet 25

Let those who are in favor with their stars

Of public honor and proud titles boast,

Whilst I whom fortune of such triumph bars

Unlook’d for joy in that I honor most.

Great princes’ favorites 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 foil’d,

Is from the book of honor raised quite,

And all the rest forgot for which he toil’d.

Then happy I that love and am beloved

Where I many not remove, nor be removed.

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