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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LXXXVI. Alas! whence came this change of looks? If I
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
ALAS! whence came this change of looks? If I
Have changed desert, let mine own conscience be
A still felt plague to self-condemning me!
Let woe gripe on my heart! shame load mine eye!
  But if all faith, like spotless ermine, lie        5
Safe in my soul; which only doth to thee
(As his sole object of felicity)
With wings of love in air of wonder fly:
  O ease your hand! treat not so hard your slave!
In justice, pains come not till faults do call:        10
Or if I needs, sweet Judge! must torments have;
  Use something else to chasten me withal,
Than those blest eyes, where all my hopes do dwell.
No doom should make once heaven become his hell.
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