"The Doubt of Future Foes"
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 subject faith doth ebb,
Which would not be, if reason ruled or wisdom weaved the web.
But clouds of toys untried do cloak aspiring minds,
Which turn to rain of late repent, by course of changed winds.
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her whirling wheel/Hath power to pull them down" (Jenkins, 316). It was said among those who knew her that Elizabeth never wept again as she did when Mary was executed. However, as a strong ruler, she did what was necessary for the well-being of her country, and she rid England of its opponents. She would have no more fear of future foes.
Elizabeth, I. "The Doubt of Future Foes." 1568.
Jenkins, Elizabeth. Elizabeth the Great. 1958.