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Astrophel And Stella-Eleventh Song

 "Who is it that this dark night
Underneath my window plaineth?"
'It is one who from thy sight
Being, ah! exiled, disdaineth
Every other vulgar light.
' "Why, alas! and are you he? Be not yet those fancies changed?" 'Dear, when you find change in me, Though from me you be estranged, Let my change to ruin be.
' "Well, in absence this will die; Leave to see, and leave to wonder.
" 'Absence sure will help, If I Can learn how myself to sunder From what in my heart doth lie.
' "But time will these thoughts remove: Time doth work what no man knoweth.
" 'Time doth as the subject prove, With time still the affection groweth In the faithful turtle dove.
' "What if you new beauties see? Will not they stir new affection?" 'I will think they pictures be, Image-like of saint's perfection, Poorly counterfeiting thee.
' "But your reason's purest light Bids you leave such minds to nourish.
" 'Dear, do reason no such spite,— Never doth thy beauty flourish More than in my reason's sight.
' "But the wrongs love bears will make Love at length leave undertaking.
" 'No, the more fools do it shake In a ground of so firm making, Deeper still they drive the stake.
' "Peace! I think that some give ear; Come no more, lest I get anger.
" 'Bliss, I will my bliss forbear, Fearing, sweet, you to endanger; But my soul shall harbour there.
' Well, begone, begone, I say, Lest that Argus' eyes perceive you.
" 'O unjust Fortune's sway, Which can make me thus to leave you, And from louts to run away!'

Poem by Sir Philip Sidney
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