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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
The Sixth Decade
Sonnet IV. Astronomers the heavens do divide
Henry Constable (1562–1613)
ASTRONOMERS the heavens do divide
  Into eight Houses, where the god remains;
  All which in thy perfections do abide!
  For in thy feet, the Queen of Silence reigns;
About thy waist, JOVE’s Messenger doth dwell,        5
  Inchanting me, as I thereat admire;
  And on thy dugs, the Queen of Love doth tell,
  Her godhead’s power in scrolls of my desire;
Thy beauty is the world’s eternal Sun;
  Thy favours force a coward’s heart to dare,        10
  And in thy hairs, JOVE and his riches won;
  Thy frowns hold SATURN; thine eyes the Fixèd Stars.
Pardon me then, Divine! to love thee well;
Since thou art heaven: and I, in heaven would dwell.

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