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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
V. It is most true—that eyes are formed to serve
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
IT is most true—that eyes are formed to serve
The inward light; and that the heavenly part
Ought to be King; from whose rules, who doth swerve,
(Rebels to Nature) strive for their own smart:
  It is most true—what we call CUPID’s dart,        5
An image is; which for ourselves we carve,
And, fools! adore, in temple of our heart;
Till that good GOD make church and churchman starve:
  True—that true beauty, Virtue is indeed;
Whereof this beauty can be but a shade,        10
Which elements with mortal mixture breed:
  True—that on earth, we are but pilgrims made;
And should in soul, up to our country move:
True—and yet true, that I must STELLA love.

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