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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XC. Stella! think not that I by verse seek fame
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
STELLA! think not that I by verse seek fame;
Who seek, who hope, who love, who live but thee.
Thine eyes my pride; thy lips mine history:
If thou praise not, all other praise is shame.
  Not so ambitious am I as to frame        5
A nest for my young praise in laurel tree:
In truth I swear, I wish not there should be
Graved in my epitaph, a Poet’s name.
  Ne if I would, I could just title make
That any laud to me thereof should grow,        10
Without my plumes from others’ wings I take.
  For nothing from my wit or will doth flow:
Since all my words, thy beauty doth indite;
And love doth hold my hand and makes me write.

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