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Seccombe and Arber, comps.  Elizabethan Sonnets.  1904.
Astrophel and Stella
LXXXIV. Highway! since you my chief Parnassus be
Sir Philip Sidney (1554–1586)
HIGHWAY! since you my chief Parnassus be;
And that my Muse to some ears not unsweet,
Tempers her words to trampling horses’ feet
More oft than to a chamber melody.
  Now blessed you! bear onward blessed me        5
To her, where I my heart safeliest shall meet.
My Muse and I must you of duty greet
With thanks and wishes, wishing thankfully.
  Be you still fair! honoured by public heed!
By no encroachment wronged! nor time forgot!        10
Nor blamed for blood, nor shamed for sinful deed!
  And that you know I envy you no lot
Of highest wish, I wish you so much bliss:
Hundreds of years you STELLA’s feet may kiss!

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