Edmund Spenser




(Sonnet XIII)

In that proud port, which her so goodly graceth,
  whiles her fair face she rears up to the sky:
  and to the ground her eye lids low embaseth,
  most goodly temperature ye may descry,
Mild humbless mixt with awfull majesty,
  for looking on the earth whence she was borne:
  her mind remembreth her mortality,
  what so is fairest shall to earth return.
But that same lofty countenance seems to scorn
  base thing, and think how she to heaven may climb:
  treading down earth as loathsome and forlorn,
  that hinders heavenly thoughts with drossy slime.
Yet lowly still vouchsafe to look on me,
  such lowliness shall make you lofty be.