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Paolo Veronese. Allegory of Virtue and Vice, c1580
Paolo Veronese. Allegory of Virtue and Vice, c1580.


Astrophel and Stella

XL

As good to write as for to lie and groan,
      O Stella dear, how much thy power hath wrought,
      That hast my mind, none of the basest, brought
      My still-kept course, while others sleep, to moan;
Alas, if from the height of virtue's throne
      Thou canst vouchsafe the influence of a thought
      Upon a wretch that long thy grace hath sought,
      Weigh then how I by thee am overthrown;
And then think thus—although thy beauty be
      Made manifest by such a victory,
      Yet noblest conquerors do wrecks avoid.
Since then thou hast so far subduëd me,
      That in my heart I offer still to thee,
      Oh, do not let thy temple be destroyed.




Source:
Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, Eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 112-113.




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