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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Astrophel and Stella
Other Songs of Variable Verse
Second Song: Have I caught my heavenly jewel
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
HAVE I caught my heavenly jewel,
Teaching sleep most fair to be?
Now will I teach her, that she,
When she wakes, is too too cruel.
 
Since sweet sleep her eyes hath charmèd,        5
The two only darts of LOVE;
Now will I with that boy prove
Some play, while he is disarmèd.
 
Her tongue, waking, still refuseth;
Giving frankly, niggard “No:”        10
Now will I attempt to know
What “No” her tongue sleeping, useth.
 
See the hand that waking, guardeth;
Sleeping, grants a free resort:
Now will I invade the fort;        15
Cowards, LOVE with loss rewardeth.
 
But, O fool! think of the danger
Of her just and high disdain;
Now will I, alas, refrain,
LOVE fears nothing else but anger.        20
 
Yet those lips, so sweetly swelling,
Do invite a stealing kiss:
Now will I but venture this,
Who will read must first learn spelling.
 
O sweet kiss! but ah! she is waking.        25
Low’ring beauty chastens me:
Now will I away hence flee;
Fool! more fool! for no more taking.
 
 
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