Astrophil and Stella: 59th Sonnet

by Philip Sidney

Deere, why make you more of a dogge than me?
If he doe love, alas I burne in love;
If he waite well, I never thence would move;
If he be faire, yet but a dogge can be;
Little he is, so little worth is he:
He barkes, my songs thyne owne voyce oft doth prove;
Bidden, (perhaps) he fetcheth thee a glove?
But I unbid, fetch even my soule to thee
Yet while I languish, him that bosome clips,
That lap doth lap, nay lets in spight of spight
This sour-breath’d mate tast of those sugred lips;
Alas, if you graunt onely such delight
To witles things, then Love I hope, (since wit
Becomes a clogge) will soone ease me of it.

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