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SirPhilip Sidney : Astrophil and Stella (3)

Let dainty wits cry on the Sisters nine1,
That bravely maskt, their fancies may be told:
Or Pindarís apes2, flaunt they in phrases fine,
Enamíling with pied flowers their thoughts of gold:
	Or else let them in statelier glory shine,
Ennobling new found tropes3 with problems old:
Of with strange similes enrich each line,
Of herbs or beasts, which Ind or Afric hold.
	For me in sooth, no Muse but one I know:
	Phrases and problems from my reach do grow,
And strange things cost too dear for my poor sprites.
	How then? even thus: in Stellaís face I read,
	What love and beauty be, then all my deed
But copying is, what in her Nature writes. 

SirPhilip Sidney (1554-1586)	P.1591

 
FOOTNOTES
1 the muses; 2 imitators of the Greek lyric poet Pindar; 3 figures of speech
 

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