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

Moderately conservative aristocratic English accent, ca. late 1570s

"Leave Me O Love"
By Sir Philip Sidney

Leave, me, O love which reachest but to dust,
And thou, my mind, aspire to higher things.
Grow rich in that which never taketh rust;
Whatever 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 give 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 evill becommeth him to slide,
Who seeketh heau’n, and comes of heav’nly breath.
Then farewell world; thy uttermost I see:
Eternall Love, maintaine thy life in me.

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