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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LIII. In martial sports I had my cunning tried
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
IN martial sports I had my cunning tried;
And yet to break more staves did me address:
While with the people’s shouts, I must confess,
Youth, luck and praise even filled my veins with pride.
  When CUPID having me, his slave, descried        5
In MARS’ livery, prancing in the press.
“What now, Sir Fool!” said he (I would no less)
“Look here, I say!” I looked, and STELLA spied;
  Who, hard by, made a window send forth light:
My heart then quaked, then dazzled were mine eyes,        10
One hand forgot to rule, th’other to fight.
  Nor trumpets’ sound I heard; nor friendly cries;
My foe came on, and beat the air for me:
Till that her blush taught me my shame to see.

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