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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LXV. Love! by sure proof I may call thee unkind
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
LOVE! by sure proof I may call thee unkind;
That giv’st no better ear to my just cries!
Thou, whom to me, such my good turns should bind,
As I may well recount, but none can prize.
  For when, naked boy! thou couldst no harbour find        5
In this old world, grown now so too too wise;
I lodged thee in my heart: and being blind
By nature born, I gave to thee mine eyes.
  Mine eyes! my light! my heart! my life! Alas!
If so great services may scornèd be:        10
Yet let this thought, thy tigerish courage pass.
  That I, perhaps, am somewhat kin to thee;
Since in thine arms, if learned Fame truth hath spread,
Thou bar’st the arrow; I, the arrow head.

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