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ASTROPHEL AND STELLA: 52, by             Poet's Biography
First Line: A strife is grown between virtue and love
Last Line: That virtue but that body grant to us.
Subject(s): Love; Virtue


A strife is grown between Virtue and Love,
While each pretends that Stella must be his:
Her eyes, her lips, her all, saith Love, do this,
Since they do not wear hid badge, most firmly prove.
But Virtue thus that title doth disprove,
That Stella (O dear name) that Stella is
That virtuous soul, sure heir of heav'nly bliss;
Not this fair outside, which our hearts doth move.
And therefore, though her beauty and her grace
By Love's indeed, in Stella's self he may
By no pretense claim any manner place.
Well, Love, since this demur our siut doth stay,
Let Virtue have that Stella's self; yet thus,
That Virtue but that body grant to us.




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