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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XLII. O Eyes! which do the spheres of beauty move
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
O EYES! which do the spheres of beauty move;
Whose beams be joys; whose joys, all virtues be;
Who while they make LOVE conquer, conquer LOVE.
The schools where VENUS hath learned chastity.
  O eyes! where humble looks most glorious prove;        5
Only, loved tyrants! just in cruelty,
Do not! O do not from poor me remove!
Keep still my zenith! Ever shine on me!
  For though I never see them, but straightways
My life forgets to nourish languisht sprites;        10
Yet still on me, O eyes! dart down your rays!
  And if from majesty of sacred lights
Oppressing mortal sense, my death proceed:
Wracks, triumphs be; which love (high set) doth breed.

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