Written on a Wall at Woodstock

By Queen Elizabeth I 1533–1603 Queen Elizabeth I
Oh Fortune, thy wresting wavering state
Hath fraught with cares my troubled wit,
Whose witness this present prison late
Could bear, where once was joy’s loan quit.
Thou causedst the guilty to be loosed
From bands where innocents were inclosed,
And caused the guiltless to be reserved,
And freed those that death had well deserved.
But all herein can be nothing wrought,
So God send to my foes all they have thought.

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Poet Queen Elizabeth I 1533–1603

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

Subjects Religion, Crime & Punishment, Living, Disappointment & Failure, History & Politics, Social Commentaries, Sorrow & Grieving, God & the Divine

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 Queen  Elizabeth I

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Although the influence of Queen Elizabeth I on the literature of the period that bears her name has been much discussed, her own status as an author has been less recognized. Critics have traced her role as subject of or inspiration for such works as Edmund Spenser's The Faerie Queene (1590-1596), William Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream (1600), and some Petrarchan sonnets but have generally considered her as the author . . .

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SUBJECT Religion, Crime & Punishment, Living, Disappointment & Failure, History & Politics, Social Commentaries, Sorrow & Grieving, God & the Divine

POET’S REGION England

SCHOOL / PERIOD Renaissance

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