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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
XLV. Stella oft sees the very face of woe
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
STELLA oft sees the very face of woe
Painted in my beclouded stormy face;
But cannot skill to pity my disgrace,
Not, though thereof the cause herself she know:
  Yet hearing late a fable which did show        5
Of lovers never known, a piteous case;
Pity thereof gat in her breast such place
That from that sea derived, tears’ spring did flow.
  Alas, if Fancy drawn by imaged things,
Though false, yet with free scope more grace doth breed        10
Than servant’s wrack, where new doubts honour brings;
  Then think, my Dear! that you in me do read
Of lovers’ ruin, some sad tragedy.
I am not I, pity the tale of me!

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