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Poem by Alexander Montgomerie


Sonnet 12. In Praise of the Kings Vranie. III


Can goldin Titan shyning bright at morne,
For light of torches, cast a gritter shau ?
Can thunder reird the higher for a horne ?
Craks cannouns louder thoght a cok suld crau ?

Can our waik breathis help Boreas to blau ?
Can candle lou give fyr a griter heet?
Can quhytest suanis more quhyter mak the snau ?
Can virgins teirs augment the winter[s weet?]

Helps pyping Pan Apollos musik sueet ?
Can fontans smal the ocean sea incres?
No : they augment the griter not a quheet,
Bot they thaim selfis appeir to grou the les :

So, peirles Prince ! thy cunning maks the knoune ;
Ours helps not thyn : we steinjie bot our aune.



Alexander Montgomerie


Alexander Montgomerie's other poems:
  1. The Cherrie and the Slae
  2. Sonnet 18. To the Lords of the Session. I
  3. Sonnet 30. Christen Lyndesay to Ro. Hudsone
  4. Sonnet 61. Of the Duleweid. III
  5. Sonnet 19. To the Lords of the Session. II


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