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Sir Philip Sidney

Pedro Berruguete. Plato, c1477.
Pedro Berruguete. Plato, c1477.


Astrophel and Stella

XXI

Your words, my friend, right healthful caustics, blame
      My young mind marred, whom love doth windlass so
      That mine own writings like bad servants show,
My wits, quick in vain thoughts, in virtue lame;
That Plato I read for nought, but if he tame
      Such coltish gyres; that to my birth I owe
      Nobler desires, lest else that friendly foe,
Great expectation, wear a train of shame.
      For since mad March great promise made of me,
If now the May of my years much decline,
What can be hoped my harvest time will be?
Sure you say well: your wisdom's golden mine
      Dig deep with learning's spade; now tell me this,
      Hath this world aught so fair as Stella is?





Source:
Sir Philip Sidney: The Major Works.
Katherine Duncan-Jones, ed.
Oxford: University Press, 2002. 161.





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