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Sir Philip Sidney

Titian. Venus and Cupid with an Organist, 1548-9.
Titian. Venus and Cupid with an Organist, 1548-9.


Astrophel and Stella

XC

Stella, think not that I by verse seek fame,
      Who seek, who hope, who love, who live but thee;
      Thine eyes my pride, thy lips mine history;
      If thou praise not, all other praise is shame.
Nor so ambitious am I as to frame
      A nest for my young praise in laurel tree;
      In truth, I swear I wish not there should be
      Graved in mine epitaph a poet's name.
Ne, if I would, I could just title make,
      That any laud to me thereof should grow,
      Without my plumes from others' wings I take;
For nothing from my wit or will doth flow,
      Since all my words thy beauty doth endite,
      And love doth hold my hand and makes me write.




Source:
Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, Eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 117.




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