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SirPhilip Sidney : Astrophil and Stella (1)

Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That the dear She might take some pleasure of my
		pain:
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make
		her know,
Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain,
	I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe,
Studying inventions fine, her wits to entertain:
Oft turning others’ leaves, to see if thence would flow
Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sun-burn’d
		brain.
	But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's
		stay,
Invention, Nature’s child, fled step-dame Study's
		blows,
And others’ feet still seem’d but strangers in my way.
Thus great with child to speak, and helpless in my
		throes,
	Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite,
	“Fool,” said my Muse to me, “look in thy heart, and
		write”.

SirPhilip Sidney (1554-1586)	P.1591

 
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