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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Sonnets and Poetical Translations
II. When Love, puft up with rage of high disdain
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
[First printed in Constable’s Diana, 1594.]

WHEN Love, puft up with rage of high disdain,
Resolved to make me pattern of his might;
Like foe, whose wits inclined to deadly spite,
Would often kill, to breed more feeling pain;
  He would not, armed with beauty, only reign        5
On those affects, which easily yield to sight;
But virtue sets so high, that reason’s light,
For all his strife, can only bondage gain.
  So that I live to pay a mortal fee.
Dead palsy sick of all my chiefest parts:        10
Like those, whom dreams make ugly monsters see,
And can cry, “Help!” with nought but groans and starts.
    Longing to have, having no wit to wish:
    To starving minds, such is god CUPID’s dish!
 
 
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