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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
 
Astrophel and Stella
LX. When my good angel guides me to the place
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
 
WHEN my good angel guides me to the place
Where all my good I do in STELLA see;
That heaven of joys throws only down on me
Thundered disdains and lightnings of disgrace.
  But when the rugged’st step of Fortune’s race        5
Makes me fall from her sight; then sweetly she
With words—wherein the Muses’ treasures be—
Shows love and pity to my absent case.
  Now I—wit-beaten long by hardest Fate—
So dull am, that I cannot look into        10
The ground of this fierce love and lovely hate.
  Then some good body tell me how I do!
Whose presence, absence; absence, presence is:
Blessed in my curse, and cursèd in my bliss.
 
 
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