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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XXVIII. You that with allegory’s curious frame
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
YOU that with allegory’s curious frame,
Of others’ children, changelings use to make:
With me, those pains for GOD’s sake do not take.
I list not dig so deep for brazen fame.
  When I say STELLA! I do mean the same        5
Princess of Beauty; for whose only sake
The reins of love I love, though never slack:
And joy therein, though nations count it shame.
  I beg no subject to use eloquence,
Nor in hid ways do guide philosophy:        10
Look at my hands for no such quintessence!
  But know! that I, in pure simplicity,
Breathe out the flames which burn within my heart,
Love only reading unto me this art.

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