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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XVIII. With what sharp checks I in myself am shent
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
WITH what sharp checks I in myself am shent,
When into REASON’s audit I do go;
And by just counts, myself a bankrupt know
Of all those goods which heaven to me hath lent.
  Unable quite, to pay even Nature’s rent,        5
Which unto it by birthright I do owe:
And which is worse, no good excuse can show,
But that my wealth I have most idly spent.
  My youth doth waste, my knowledge brings forth toys;
My wit doth strive those passions to defend,        10
Which for reward, spoil it with vain annoys.
  I see my course to lose myself doth bend;
I see, and yet no greater sorrow take,
Than that I lose no more for STELLA’s sake.

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