Grammar Rules

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Grammar Rules :

O Grammar-Rules, O now your virtues show.

So children still read you with awful eyes,

As my young dove may, in your precepts wise,

Her grant to me by her own virtue know :

For late, with heart most high, with eyes most low,

I carved the thing which ever she denies.

She, lightning love, displaying Venus' skies,

Lest once should not be heard, twice said, No, No.

Sing then, my Muse, now lo Paean sing.

Heavens, envy not at my high triumphing.

But grammar's force with sweet success confirm.

For grammar says, - O this, dear Stella, say, -

For grammar says, - to grammar who says nay? –

That in one speech two negatives affirm!

By Sir Philip Sydney : 1554 – 86 : From Astrophel and Stella

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