Robert Sidney/Sonnet 4

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4. “These purest flames kindled by beauties rare...” / “These purest flames, kindled by beauties rare...”
автор Robert Sidney (1563—1626)
Original text:


Sonnet 4

These purest flames kindled by beauties rare
strengthened by loue assured by destiny
in whom I liue, wch in me kannot dy
wch are what I ame, and what they are

True vestale like, wch wth most holy care
preserue the sacred fyres, relligiously
I doe maintein, and that no end they try
of my best parts their [fuel] subject I prepare

And wth a minde free from all fals desires
vntoucht of other[s] loues, of vows vntrue
I worship her that shineth in these fyres

Thinking it shame, nay sinne, if that in mee
those fairest beames, of heavē the image true
wth powers of meaner worthe showld matched bee

1590s-1600s

Contemporary text:


Sonnet 4

These purest flames, kindled by beauties rare,
Strengthened by love, assured by destiny,
In whom I live, which in me cannot die,
Which are what I am, and what they are,

True-vestal-like, which with most holy care
Preserve the sacred fires, religiously
I do maintain, and that no end they try
Of my best parts their subject I prepare:

And with a mind free from all false desires,
Untouched of other loves, of vows untrue,
I worship her that shineth in these fires:

Thinking it shame, nay sin, if that in me
Those fairest beams, of heaven the image true,
With powers of meaner worth should matched be.

1590s-1600s


Notes

6. divinesse divinity, divineness. Cf. Sonnet 16:3.

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