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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LXIII. O grammar rules! O now your virtues show!
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
O GRAMMAR rules! O now your virtues show!
So children still read you with awful eyes;
As my young Dove may in your precepts wise
Her grant to me, by her own virtue know.
  For late, with heart most high, with eyes most low;        5
I craved the thing which ever she denies:
She lightning love, displaying VENUS’ skies,
Lest once should not be heard; said twice “No!” “No!”
  Sing then my Muse! now Io Pæan sing!
Heavens! envy not at my high triumphing;        10
But Grammar’s force with sweet success confirm!
  For Grammar says (O this dear STELLA’s “Nay!”)
For Grammar says (to Grammar, who says “Nay”?)
“That in one speech, two negatives affirm.”

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