Astrophel and Stella: 54
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.
1Because I breath not loue to euerie one,
2Nor do not vse set colours for to weare,
3Nor nourish speciall lockes of vowed haire,
5The courtly Nymphs, acquainted with the mone
6Of them, who in their lips Loues standerd beare;
7What he? say they of me, now I dare sweare,
8He cannot loue: no, no, let him alone.
9And thinke so still, so Stella know my mind,
10Professe indeed I do not Cupids art;
11But you faire maides, at length this true shall find,
12That his right badge is but worne in the hart:
13Dumbe Swannes, not chattring Pies, do louers proue,
14They loue indeed, who quake to say they loue.
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