“If Cynthia Be a Queen, a Princess, and Supreme”

Poem by Sir Walter Ralegh

If Cynthia be a queen, a princess, and supreme,
Keep these among the rest, or say it was a dream,
For those that like, expound, and those that loathe express
Meanings according as their minds are moved more or less;
For writing what thou art, or showing what thou were,
Adds to the one disdain, to the other but despair,
      Thy mind of neither needs, in both seeing it exceeds.