from

Cælica

by Fulke Greville


SONNET III


More than most fair, full of that heavenly fire,
Kindled above to show the Maker's glory* ;
Beauty's first-born, in whom all powers conspire
To write the Graces' life, and Muses' story :
    If in my heart all saints else be defaced,
    Honour the shrine, where you alone are placed.

Thou window of the sky, and pride of spirits,
True character of Honour in perfection ;
Thou heavenly creature, judge of earthly merits,
And glorious prison of man's pure affection ;
    If in my heart all nymphs else be defaced,
    Honour the shrine, where you alone are placed.


* Fetched from one of Spenser's sonnets :
' More than most fair, full of the living fire
Kindled above, unto the Maker near. '—G.



Source:
Grosart, Alexander B., Ed. The Friend of Sir Philip Sidney.
London: Elliot Stock, 1894. 46-47.




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