Philip Sidney





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Your words, my friend, right healthful caustics, blame
   My young mind marred, whom love doth windlass so
   That mine own writings like bad servants, show
My wits, quick in vain thoughts, in virtue lame;
That Plato I read for nought, but if he tame
   Such coltish gyres; that to my birth I owe
   Nobler desires, lest else that friendly foe,
Great expectation, wear a train of shame.
   For since mad March great promise made of me,
If now the May of my years much decline,
What can be hoped my harvest time will be?
Sure, you say well; your wisdom's golden mine
   Dig deep with learning's spade; now tell me this,
   Hath this world aught so fair as Stella is?