Astrophel and Stella: 108

Original Text: 
The Countesse of Pembrokes Arcadia written by Sir Philip Sidney, Knight. Now the third time published with sundry new additions of the same author. Edinburgh: Printed by Robert Walde-graue, 1599. STC 22542.
1When sorrow (vsing mine owne fiers might)
2Melts downe his lead into my boyling brest,
3Through that darke fornace to my heart opprest,
4There shines a joy from thee my only light;
5But soone as thought of thee breeds my delight,
6And my young soule flutters to thee his nest,
7Most rude dispaire my daily vnbidden guest,
8Clips streight my wings, streight wraps me in his night,
9And makes me then bow downe my head, and say,
11Whom iron doores do keepe from vse of day?
12So strangely (alas) thy workes in me preuaile,
13That in my woes for thee thou art my joy,

Notes

10] Phœbus gold: sunlight; Phoebus Apollo is the Greek and Roman god of the sun Back to Line
14] annoy: annoyance, vexation, trouble Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1591
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
RPO Edition: 
2007
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