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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LI. Pardon mine ears! both I and they do pray
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
PARDON mine ears! both I and they do pray,
So may your tongue still fluently proceed
To them, that do such entertainment need:
So may you still have somewhat new to say.
  On silly me do not the burden lay        5
Of all the grave conceits, your brain doth breed:
But find some HERCULES to bear (instead
Of ATLAS tired) your wisdom’s heavenly sway.
  For me, while you discourse of courtly tides;
Of cunning fishers in most troubled streams;        10
Of straying ways, when valiant error guides:
  Meanwhile, my heart confers with STELLA’s beams,
And is even irkt that so sweet comedy
By such unsuited speech, should hindered be.

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