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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XXV. The wisest scholar of the wight most wise
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
THE WISEST scholar of the wight most wise,
By PHŒBUS’ doom, with sugared sentence says:
“That virtue, if it once met with our eyes,
Strange flames of love it in our souls would raise:
  But for that man, with pain this truth descries,        5
Whiles he each thing in sense’s balance weighs:
And so nor will, nor can behold those skies,
Which inward sun to heroic minds displays.”
  Virtue, of late, with virtuous care to stir
Love of herself, takes STELLA’s shape; that she        10
To mortal eyes might sweetly shine in her.
  It is most true. For since I her did see,
Virtue’s great beauty in that face I prove,
And find th’effect: for I do burn in love.

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