Queen Elizabeth I

(1533-1603 / England)

The Doubt Of Future Foes - Poem by Queen Elizabeth I

The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy,
And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy;
For falsehood now doth flow, and subjects' faith doth ebb,
Which should not be if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web.
But clouds of joys untried do cloak aspiring minds,
Which turn to rain of late repent by changed course of winds.
The top of hope supposed the root upreared shall be,
And fruitless all their grafted guile, as shortly ye shall see.
The dazzled eyes with pride, which great ambition blinds,
Shall be unsealed by worthy wights whose foresight falsehood finds.
The daughter of debate that discord aye doth sow
Shall reap no gain where former rule still peace hath taught to know.
No foreign banished wight shall anchor in this port;
Our realm brooks not seditious sects, let them elsewhere resort.
My rusty sword through rest shall first his edge employ
To poll their tops that seek such change or gape for future joy.

Comments about The Doubt Of Future Foes by Queen Elizabeth I

  • Practicing Poetess (11/20/2018 11:03:00 PM)

    A joy to see that Royalty
    Like us, produces poetry!
    Good for the Queen!
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  • Edward Kofi Louis (11/20/2018 11:02:00 AM)

    Dazzled eyes with pride!

    The ride of life.

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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  • (11/20/2018 7:38:00 AM)

    Born with a silver spoon and then found in doldrums.......... (Report) Reply

  • Ramesh T A (11/20/2018 6:29:00 AM)

    Ambition is the driving force of life for anyone in the world;
    Sans ambition, one's life is like a blind man's journey ever;
    Ambition should not be based on wild imagination or dream sure;
    Ambition should be an instrument that helps to express who one is!
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  • Sylvia Frances Chan (11/20/2018 6:09:00 AM)

    WOW! Elizabeth's reign is known as the Elizabethan era. The flourishing of English drama, led by playwrights such as William Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe. A true flourishing period of true beautiful Literary Art, Once again My WOW! Congratulations for this Greatest Choice, PoemHunter and Team, as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hurray! CONGRATS too to the present Royal Family who deserves these highest compliments. (Report) Reply

  • Adrian Flett (11/20/2018 2:51:00 AM)

    'The dazzled eyes with pride, which great ambition blinds, ' A poem filled with the wise thoughts and wiles of a great ruler. I wonder how many modern rulers of countries could match a poem like this. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (11/20/2018 1:27:00 AM)

    Such a great poem by Queen Elizabeth I..................... (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/25/2018 11:32:00 PM)

    Who would want to be a queen back in those days? You would have to be heroically brave or suicidal. I am so very intrigued by this queen- I do believe I shall get a biography of her life and times. (Report) Reply

  • (7/22/2009 6:59:00 AM)

    queen elizabeth wrote poems! ! ! ! ! ! wow! ! ! ! ! ! she is magnificent...... (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001

Poem Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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