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Sir Philip Sidney

Filippino Lippi. Erato, or Allegory of Music
Filippino Lippi. Erato, c1500.


Astrophel and Stella

LIV

Because I breathe not love to every one,
      Nor do not use set colours for to wear,
      Nor nourish special locks of vowèd hair,
Nor give each speech a full point of a groan,
The courtly nymphs, acquainted with the moan
      Of them which in their lips Love's standard bear,
      "What, he!" say they of me; "now I dare swear
He cannot love; no, no, let him alone."
And think so still, so Stella know my mind!
      Profess, indeed, I do not Cupid's art;
But you, fair maids, at length this true shall find,
      That his right badge is worn but in the heart.
Dumb swans, not chattering pies, do lovers prove;
They love indeed who quake to say they love.




Source:
Sidney, Sir Philip. "Astrophel and Stella Sonnet 54."
Bourne, H. R. Fox. Sir Philip Sidney:
Type of English Chivalry in the Elizabethan Age.
New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1891. 247-248.




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