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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets and Poetical Translations
VII. The scourge of life, and death’s extreme disgrace
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
These four following Sonnets were made, when his Lady had pain in her face.

[These four sonnets were first printed in Constable’s Diana, 1594.]

THE SCOURGE of life, and death’s extreme disgrace,
The smoke of hell, the monster callèd PAIN;
Long shamed to be accurst in every place,
By them who of his rude resort complain;
  Like crafty wretch, by time and travail taught,        5
His ugly evil in others’ good to hide;
Late harbours in her face, whom Nature wrought
As Treasure House where her best gifts do bide.
  And so, by privilege of sacred seat—
A seat where beauty shines, and virtue reigns—        10
He hopes for some small praise, since she hath great;
Within her beams, wrapping his cruel stains.
    Ah, saucy PAIN! Let not thy error last.
    More loving eyes she draws, more hate thou hast!
 
 
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