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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Astrophel and Stella
XLIII. Fair eyes! sweet lips! dear heart! that foolish I
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
FAIR eyes! sweet lips! dear heart! that foolish I
Could hope, by CUPID’s help, on you to prey:
Since to himself, he doth your gifts apply;
As his main force, choice sport, and easeful stay.
  For when he will see who dare him gainsay;        5
Then with those eyes, he looks. Lo! by and by,
Each soul doth at LOVE’s feet, his weapons lay;
Glad if for her he give them leave to die.
  When he will play; then in her lips, he is;
Where blushing red, that LOVE’s self them doth love;        10
With either lip, he doth the other kiss.
  But when he will for quiet’s sake, remove
From all the world; her heart is then his room:
Where, well he knows, no man to him can come.
 
 
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