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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Astrophel and Stella
XXXVII. My mouth doth water, and my breast doth swell
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
          [This Sonnet was first printed in the 1598 folio edition, appended to Sidney’s Arcadia.]

MY mouth doth water, and my breast doth swell,
My tongue doth itch, my thoughts in labour be:
Listen then Lordings with good ear to me!
For of my life I must a riddle tell.
  Towards AURORA’s Court, a nymph doth dwell        5
Rich in all beauties which man’s eye can see:
Beauties so far from reach of words, that we
Abuse her praise saying she doth excel.
  Rich in the treasure of deserved renown.
Rich in the riches of a royal heart.        10
Rich in those gifts, which give th’eternal crown:
  Who, though most rich in these and every part,
Which make the patents of true worldly bliss;
Hath no misfortune, but that RICH she is.
 
 
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