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Poem by Alexander Montgomerie


Sonnet 18. To the Lords of the Session. I


Quhare bene je, brave and pregnant sprits, becum ?
Quik vive inventionis, ar je worne auay ?
I am assuird by simpathie that sum
Wald never wish that cunning suld decay *.

If ony be, jour Lordships must be thay,
Whose spreits jour weeds of verteu hes you spun ;
Then mak the poet pensioner, I pray,
And byde be justice, as je haif begun.

Sen I haif richt, vhy suld I be ouirrun ?
Incurage me, and able I can carpe :
Hald evin the weyis ; the victory is wun,
As I confyde in King and solid Sharpe :

Quhom I culd len a lift, your Lordships knauis,
War they in love, as I am in the lauis.



Alexander Montgomerie


Alexander Montgomerie's other poems:
  1. The Cherrie and the Slae
  2. Sonnet 30. Christen Lyndesay to Ro. Hudsone
  3. Sonnet 61. Of the Duleweid. III
  4. Sonnet 71. Epitaph of the Maister of Work, [Sir Robert] Drummond of Carnok, [Khight]
  5. Sonnet 9. In Praise of M. J. M., Chanceller


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