Astrophel and Stella: 19
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.
1On Cupids bow how are my heart-strings bent,
2That see my wrack, and yet embrace the same?
3When most I glorie, then I feele most shame:
4I willing run, yet while I run, repent.
5My best wits still their owne disgrace inuent:
6My verie inke turnes straight to Stellas name;
7And yet my words, as them my pen do frame,
8Avise themselues that they are vainely spent.
9For though she passe all things, yet what is all
10That vnto me, who fare like him that both
11Lookes to the skies, and in a ditch doth fall?
12O let me prop my mind yet in his growth:
13And not in Nature, for best fruits vnfit:
14Scholler, saith Loue, bend hitherward your wit.
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