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SirPhilip Sidney : Astrophil and Stella (52)

A strife is grown between Virtue and Love,
	While each pretends that Stella must be his:
	Her eyes, her lips, her all, saith Love do this,
Since they do wear his badge, most firmly prove.
But Virtue thus that title doth disprove,
	That Stella (O dear name) that Stella is
	That virtuous soul, sure heir of heavínly bliss:
Not this fair outside, which our hearts doth move.
	And therefore, though her beauty and her grace
Be Love's indeed, in Stella's self he may
By no pretence claim any manner place.
Well, Love, since this demur1 our suit doth stay2,
	Let Virtue have that Stella's self; yet thus,
	That Virtue but that body grant to us. 

SirPhilip Sidney (1554-1586)	P.1591

 
FOOTNOTES
1 legal objection; 2 i.e. puts a stay on our plea
 

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