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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LXVI. And do I see some cause a hope to feed?
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
AND do I see some cause a hope to feed?
Or doth the tedious burden of long woe
In weakened minds, quick apprehending breed
Of every image, which may comfort show?
  I cannot brag of word, much less of deed;        5
Fortune’s wheel’s still with me in one sort slow;
My wealth no more, and no whit less my need:
Desire still on the stilts of fear doth go.
  And yet amid all fears, a hope there is
Stolen to my heart, since last fair night (nay, day!)        10
STELLA’s eyes sent to me the beams of bliss;
  Looking on me, while I lookt other way:
But when mine eyes back to their heaven did move;
They fled with blush, which guilty seemed of love.

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