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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LXXXVII. When I was forced from Stella ever dear
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
WHEN I was forced from STELLA ever dear—
STELLA! food of my thoughts, heart of my heart;
STELLA! whose eyes make all my tempests clear—
By iron laws of duty to depart:
  Alas, I found that she with me did smart;        5
I saw that tears did in her eyes appear;
I saw that sighs, her sweetest lips did part;
And her sad words, my saddest sense did hear.
  For me, I wept to see pearls scattered so;
I sighed her sighs; and wailèd for her woe:        10
Yet swam in joy; such love in her was seen.
  Thus while th’effect most bitter was to me,
And nothing than the cause more sweet could be;
I had been vext, if vext I had not been.

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