Sonnet XXVIII: You That With Allegory's Curious Frame

Sir Philip Sidney 1554 (Penshurst, Kent) – 1586 (Zutphen)



You that with allegory's curious frame,
Of others' children changelings use to make,
With me those pains for God's sake do not take:
I list not dig so deep for brazen fame.

When I say "Stella," I do mean the same
Princess of Beauty, for whose only sake
The reins of Love I love, though never slake,
And joy therein, though nations count it shame.

I beg no subject to use eloquence,
Nor in hid ways do guide Philosophy:
Look at my hands for no such quintessence;

But know that I in pure simplicity
Breathe out the flames which burn within my heart
Love only reading unto me this art.

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Submitted on May 13, 2011

Modified on March 05, 2023

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Quick analysis:

Scheme ABBA ABBA CDC DEE
Closest metre Iambic pentameter
Characters 590
Words 113
Stanzas 4
Stanza Lengths 4, 4, 3, 3

Sir Philip Sidney

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