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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XXVII. Because I oft in dark abstracted guise
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
BECAUSE I oft in dark abstracted guise,
Seem most alone in greatest company;
With dearth of words, or answers quite awry,
To them that would make speech of speech arise.
  They deem, and of their doom the rumour flies,        5
That poison foul of bubbling pride doth lie
So in my swelling breast; that only I
Fawn on me self, and others do despise.
  Yet pride, I think, doth not my soul possess,
Which looks too oft in his unflattering glass:        10
But one worse fault, ambition, I confess,
  That makes me oft my best friends overpass
Unseen, unheard; while thought to highest place
Bends all his powers, even to STELLA’s grace.

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