Astrophil and Stella

Sonnet 68

Stella, the only planet of my light, 
   Light of my life, and life of my desire, 
   Chief good whereto my hope doth only aspire, 
World of my wealth, and heaven of my delight; 
Why dost thou spend the treasures of thy sprite 
   With voice more fit to wed Amphion's lyre, 
   Seeking to quench in me the noble fire 
Fed by thy worth, and kindled by thy sight? 
   And all in vain: for while thy breath most sweet 
With choicest words, thy words with reasons rare, 
Thy reasons firmly set on virtue's feet, 
Labour to kill in me this killing care: 
   O think I then, what paradise of joy 
   It is, so fair a virtue to enjoy!  

Sir Philip Sidney

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