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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
C. O Tears! no tears but rain from beauty’s skies
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
O TEARS! no tears but rain from beauty’s skies
Making those lilies and those roses grow;
Which aye most fair, now more than most fair show;
While graceful pity, beauty beautifies.
  O honeyed Sighs! which from that breast do rise,        5
Whose pants do make unspilling cream to flow:
Winged with whose breath, so pleasing zephyrs blow
As can refresh the hell where my soul fries.
  O Plaints! conserved in such a sugared phrase,
That eloquence itself envies your praise.        10
While sobbed out words a perfect music give.
  Such Tears, Sighs, Plaints, no sorrow are but joy:
Or if such heavenly signs must prove annoy;
All mirth, farewell! Let me in sorrow live!

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