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SirPhilip Sidney : Astrophil and Stella (15)

You that do search for every purling spring,
	Which from the ribs of old Parnassus1 flows,
	And every flower, not sweet perhaps, which grows
Near thereabout, into your poesy2 wring;
You that do dictionary’s method3 bring
	Into your rhymes, running in rattling rows:
	You that poor Petrarch’s4 long deceased woes,
With new-born sighs and denizen’d wit5 do sing.
	You take wrong ways, those far-fet6 helps be such,
	As do bewray a want of inward touch:
And sure at length stol’n goods do come to light.
	But if (both for your love and skill) your name
	You seek to nurse at fullest breasts of Fame,
Stella behold, and then begin to indite. 

SirPhilip Sidney (1554-1586)	P.1591

 
FOOTNOTES
1 Mount Parnassus in Greece, closely associated with Apollo and the muses; 2 here can mean either poetry or posy as in a small bunch of flowers; 3 excessive use of alliteration as in line 6; 4 famous Italian poet and humanist of the 14th century who was a source of inspiration for many of the earlier English sonnet-writers including Sidney himself; 5 adopted for an English reader; 6 far-fetched; 7 betrayed
 

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