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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Astrophel and Stella
XII. Cupid! because thou shin’st in Stella’s eyes
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
CUPID! because thou shin’st in STELLA’s eyes;
That from her locks, thy dances none ’scapes free;
That those lips swelled, so full of thee they be,
That her sweet breath makes oft thy flames to rise;
  That in her breast, thy pap well sugared lies;        5
That her grace, gracious makes thy wrongs; that she
What words so e’er she speak, persuades for thee:
That her clear voice lifts thy fame to the skies:
  Thou countest STELLA thine, like those whose powers
Having got up a breach by fighting well,        10
Cry, “Victory! this fair day all is ours!”
  O no! Her heart is such a citadel,
So fortified with wit, stored with disdain;
That to win it, is all the skill and pain.
 
 
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