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Hunt and Lee, comps.  The Book of the Sonnet.  1867.
 
I. On His Having Obtained a Prize at a Tournament
By Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
HAVING this day my horse, my hand, my lance
Guided so well, that I obtained the prize,
Both by the judgment of the English eyes
And of some sent from that sweet enemy, France;
Horsemen my skill in horsemanship advance;        5
Townfolks, my strength; a daintier judge applies
His praise to sleight, which from good use doth rise;
Some lucky wits impute it but to chance;
Others, because, of both sides, I do take
My blood from them who did excel in this,        10
Think nature me a man of arms did make.
How far they shot awry! The true cause is,
Stella looked on; and from her heavenly face
Sent forth the beams which made so fair my race.
 
 
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