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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XVI. In nature apt to like, when I did see
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
IN nature apt to like, when I did see
Beauties which were of many carats fine;
My boiling sprites did thither soon incline,
And, LOVE! I thought that I was full of thee.
  But finding not those restless flames in me,        5
Which others said did make their souls to pine:
I thought those bahes, of some pin’s hurt did whine;
By my soul judging what love’s pains might be.
  But while I thus with this lion played,
Mine eyes (shall I say curst or blest?) beheld        10
STELLA. Now she is named, need more be said?
  In her sight, I a lesson new have spelled.
I now have learned love right; and learned even so,
As who by being poisoned doth poison know.

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