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SirPhilip Sidney : Astrophil and Stella (7)

When Nature made her chief work, Stella’s eyes,
In colour black, why wrapt she beams so bright?
Would she in beamy black, like painter wise,
Frame daintiest lustre, mixt of shades and light?
	Or did she else that sober hue devise,
In object best to knit and strength our sight,
Lest if no veil these brave gleams did disguise,
They sun-like should more dazzle than delight?
	Or would she her miraculous power show,
That whereas black seems Beauty’s contrary,
She even in black doth make all beauties flow?
Both so and thus, she minding Love should be
	Placed ever there, gave him this mourning weed,
	To honour all their deaths, who for her bleed. 

SirPhilip Sidney (1554-1586)	P.1591


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