Astrophel and Stella: 52

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.
1A strife is growne betweene Vertue and Loue,
3Her eyes, her lips, her all, saith Loue do this,
4Since they do weare his badge, most firmely prooue.
5But Vertue thus that title doth disproue,
6That Stella (O deare name) that Stella is
7That vertuous soule, sure heir of heau'nly blisse:
8Not this faire outside, which our hearts doth moue.
9And therefore, though her beautie and her grace
10Be Loues indeed, in Stellas selfe he may
11By no pretence claime any maner place.
13Let Vertue haue that Stellas selfe; yet thus,
14That Vertue but that body graunt to vs.

Notes

2] pretends: claims Back to Line
12] demurre: ."Demur, signifieth in Common-law a kinde of pause upon any point of difficulty." (Edward Phillips, The New World of English Words, 1658; see Lexicons of Early Modern English).
sute: suit, a legal pursuit
stay: a (temporary) suspension of a court hearing Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1591
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
RPO Edition: 
2007
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