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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Astrophel and Stella
XXVI. Though dusty wits dare scorn astrology
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
THOUGH dusty wits dare scorn astrology;
And fools can think those lamps of purest light—
Whose number, ways, greatness, eternity,
Promising wonders; wonder do invite—
  To have, for no cause, birthright in the sky;        5
But for to spangle the black weeds of Night:
Or for some brawl, which in that chamber high,
They should still dance to please a gazer’s sight.
  For me, I do Nature unidle know;
And know great causes, great effects procure;        10
And know those bodies high reign on the low:
  And if these rules did fail, proof makes me sure.
Who oft fore-judge my after-following race,
By only those two stars in STELLA’s face.
 
 
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