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

  • Bri EdwardsBri Edwards (11/20/2019 8:38:00 PM)

    " wight
    noun

    archaic•dialect
    a person of a specified kind, especially one regarded as unfortunate"

    Sylvia, below, says the queen was " known as The Virgin Queen" . Boy have i got news for everyone: she wasn't. My great-great grandfather took care of THAT. AND, no, she was not lesbian! (not that there's anything WRONG with that!) .

    Bri

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (11/20/2019 8:45:00 AM)

    Continued: Queen Elizabeth! is not only known as The Virgin Queen, but also as the Poetry Queen based upon her legacy of so many writings. An Era full of Top Poems and Performances.Truly an era full of Art Performances and Dedication. She also established the Present Protestant Church for England as a response to the Pope of Rome. A remarkable personality Queen Elizabeth I.of England, who lived in 1533 - 1603.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (11/20/2019 8:36:00 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 Congratulations as The Classic Poem Of The Day. Hurray! CONGRATS too to the present Royal Family who deserves these highest compliments. Not only is she known as The Virgin Queen, but also as The(Report)Reply

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  • paul amrod (11/20/2019 4:17:00 AM)

    I am sorry I trust no queen who hates her family.(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (11/20/2019 4:08:00 AM)

    No foreign banished wight shall anchor in this port;
    Our realm brooks not seditious sects, let them elsewhere resort. /// penned beautifully(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/7/2019 6:37:00 AM)

    Well expressed thoughts and feelings. An insightful piece of poetry.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (11/6/2019 1:06:00 AM)

    The doubt of future foes exiles my present joy,
    And wit me warns to shun such snares as threaten mine annoy; ........touching beginning. It is really a beautiful poem by Queen Elizabeth.(Report)Reply

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

    A joy to see that Royalty
    Like us, produces poetry!
    Good for the Queen!(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (11/20/2018 11:02:00 AM)

    Dazzled eyes with pride!

    The ride of life.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Darren Jkoeryo (11/20/2018 7:38:00 AM)

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

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh 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!(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia 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.Already ReportedReply

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  • Adrian FlettAdrian 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

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

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

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan 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

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  • Omar Ibrahim (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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