Astrophel and Stella: 28

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You that with allegories curious frame,Of others children changelings vse to make,With me those paines for Gods sake do not takeI list not dig so deepe for brasen fame.When I say, Stella, I do meane the samePrincesse of Beautie, for whose onely sake,The raines of Loue I loue, though neuer slake,And joy therein, though Nations count it shame:I beg no subject to vse eloquence,Nor in hid wayes do guide Philosophie:Looke at my hands for no such quintessence;But know that I in pure simplicitie,Breathe out the flames which burne within my heart,Loue onely reading vnto me this art.

© Sir Philip Sidney