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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Astrophel and Stella
XLI. Having this day, my horse, my hand, my lance
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
HAVING this day, my horse, my hand, my lance
Guided so well; that I obtained the prize:
Both by the judgment of the English eyes;
And of some sent by that sweet enemy, France!
  Horsemen, my skill in horsemanship advance;        5
Townsfolk, my strength; a daintier judge applies
His praise to sleight, which from good use doth rise;
Some lucky wits impute it but to chance;
  Others, because, of both sides, I do take
My blood from them who did excel in this;        10
Think Nature me a man-at-arms did make.
  How far they shot awry! The true cause is,
STELLA lookt on, and from her heavenly face
Sent forth the beams which made so fair my race.
 
 
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