Astrophil and Stella
Phoebus was judge betweene Jove, Mars, and Loue,
Of those three gods, whose arms the fairest were.
Jove's golden shield did sable eagles bear,
Whose talons held young Ganymede above:
But in vert field Mars bear a golden spear,
Which through a bleeding heart his point did shove:
Each had his crest; Mars carried Venus' gloue,
Jove on his helmet the thunderbolt did rear.
Cupid then smiles, for on his crest there lies
Stella's fair hair; her face he makes his shield,
Where roses gules are borne in silver field.
Phoebus drew wide the curtains of the skies,
To blaze these last, and swear devoutly then,
The first, thus matched, were scarcely gentlemen.
Sir Philip Sidney
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