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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XL. As good to write, as for to lie and groan
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
AS good to write, as for to lie and groan.
O STELLA dear! how much thy power hath wrought!
Thou hast my mind, none of the basest, brought
My still-kept course, while others sleep, to moan.
  Alas, if from the height of Virtue’s throne,        5
Thou canst vouchsafe the influence of a thought
Upon a wretch, that long thy grace hath sought;
Weigh then, how I, by thee, am overthrown!
  And then, think thus, “Although thy beauty be
Made manifest by such a victory;        10
Yet noblest conquerors do wracks avoid.”
  Since then thou hast so far subduèd me
That in my heart I offer still to thee.
O do not let thy temple be destroyed!

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