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Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day

Most glorious Lord of life, that on this day. Edmund Spenser* (ca. 1552-1599). Spenser’s Amoretti, published in the same volume as Epithalamion in 1595, are love sonnets, probably written to Elizabeth Boyle, whom he married in 1594. The sonnet sequence was a common literary form of the period. Sonnet 68 is unusual in the sequence in using the Easter story as a reason for loving one another; but its rare beauty makes it a valuable addition to devotional poetry, and it has been included in a number of hymn books, among them EH/NEH, SofP, BBCHB, WOV, A&MCP and A&MRW. The problems of a 14-line English sonnet (3 quatrains of 4 lines rhyming ABAB, CDCD, EFEF) followed by a couplet (GG)...

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