To the Queen

A Poem written in 1599 by William Shakespeare

111POETAs the dial hand tells o'er
The same hours it had before,
212POETStill beginning in the ending,
Circular account still lending,
313POETSo, most mighty Queen we pray,
Like the dial day by day
414POETYou may lead the seasons on,
Making new when old are gone,
515POETThat the babe which now is young
And hath yet no use of tongue
616POETMany a Shrovetide here may bow
To that empress I do now,
717POETThat the children of these lords,
Sitting at your council boards,
818POETMay be grave and aged seen
Of her that was their fathers' queen.
919POETOnce I wish this wish again,
Heaven subscribe it with "Amen".

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