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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XI. In Truth, O Love! with what a boyish kind
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
IN Truth, O LOVE! with what a boyish kind
Thou dost proceed in thy most serious ways;
That when the heaven to thee his best displays,
Yet of that best, thou leav’st the best behind:
  For like a child, that some fair book doth find,        5
With gilded leaves or coloured vellum plays;
Or, at the most, on some fair picture stays:
But never heeds the fruit of writer’s mind.
  So when thou saw’st in Nature’s cabinet,
STELLA: thou straight look’st babies in her eyes;        10
In her cheek’s pit, thou didst thy pitfold set;
  And in her breast, bo-peep or couching lies:
Playing and shining in each outward part.
But, fool! seek’st not to get into her heart!

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