Voices of Earlier English: Sidney's "Leave Me O Love"

Conservative courtly aristocratic English accent, ca. late 1570s

"Leave Me O Love"
By Sir Philip Sidney

Leaue, me, O loue which reachest but to dust,
And thou, my mind, aspire to higher things.
Grow rich in that which neuer taketh rust;
Whateuer fades, but fading pleasure brings.
Draw in thy beames, and humble all thy might
To that sweet yoke where lasting freedomes be;
Which breakes the clowdes, and opens forth the light,
That doth both shine and giue us sight to see.
O take fast hold; let that light be thy guide
In this small course which birth drawes out to death,
And thinke how euill becommeth him to slide,
Who seeketh heau’n, and comes of heau’nly breath.
Then farewell world; thy vttermost I see:
Eternall Loue, maintaine thy life in me.

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