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Sunday, May 20, 2007

Sonnetsday 38

Astrophel and Stella        
(Starlover and Star)        
Sonnet III              
 Let dainty wits cry on the sisters nine,
     That, bravely masked, their fancies may be told;
     Or Pindar's apes flaunt they in phrases fine,
     Enam'ling with pied flowers their thoughts of gold;
Or else let them in statelier glory shine,
     Ennobling new-found tropes with problems old;
     Or with strange similes enrich each line,
     Of herbs or beasts with 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 Stella's face I read
     What love and beauty be, then all my deed
     But copying is, what in her Nature writes.

Sir Philip Sidney.

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