Astrophel and Stella: 14

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.
1Alas haue I not paine ynough my friend,
2Vpon whose breast a fiercer Grype doth tire,
4While Loue on me doth all his quiuer spend,
6To grieue me worse, in saying that Desire
7Doth plunge my wel-form'd soule euen in the mire
8Of sinfull thoughts, which do in ruine end?
9If that be sinne which doth the maners frame,
10Well staid with truth in word and faith of deed,
11Readie of wit and fearing nought but shame:
12If that be sinne which in fixt hearts doth breed
13A loathing of all loose vnchastitie,
14Then Loue is sinne, and let me sinfull be.

Notes

3] him who first stale downe the fire: Prometheus, a Titan who stole the fire of the gods and gave it to mortals Back to Line
5] rubarb words: bitter or sour words Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1591
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
RPO Edition: 
2007
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