Saturday, February 11, 2012

Classic Poetry - "A Ditty" by Sir Philip Sidney



Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

A DITTY

My true-love hath my heart, and I have his,
By just exchange one to the other given:
I hold his dear, and mine he cannot miss,
There never was a better bargain driven:
My true-love hath my heart, and I have his.

His heart in me keeps him and me in one,
My heart in him his thoughts and senses guides:
He loves my heart, for once it was his own,
I cherish his because in me it bides:
My true-love hath my heart, and I have his.

Three times betrothed, but married only once and briefly, Philip Sidney was luckier in writing than in love, creating dozens of sonnets and love songs. An ardent protestant and privileged courtier to Queen Elizabeth I, he was released from her service after publicly opposing her marriage to the Catholic French Duke of Anjou. Seems his lack of "love-luck" wasn't limited to his own!

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