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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LXXIII. Love still a boy, and oft a wanton is
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
LOVE still a boy, and oft a wanton is;
Schooled only by his mother’s tender eye.
What wonder then, if he his lesson miss;
When for so soft a rod, dear play he try?
  And yet my Star, because a sugared kiss        5
In sport I suckt, while she asleep did lie:
Doth lower; nay, chide; nay, threat for only this!
“Sweet! It was saucy LOVE, not humble I.”
  But no ’scuse serves; she makes her wrath appear
In Beauty’s throne. See now! who dares come near        10
Those scarlet judges, threat’ning bloody pain?
  O heavenly fool! Thy most kiss-worthy face,
Anger invests with such a lovely grace;
That ANGER’s self! I needs must kiss again!

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