Astrophel and Stella: 71
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.
1Who will in fairest booke of Nature know,
2How Vertue may best lodg'd in beautie be,
3Let him but learne of Loue to read in thee
4Stella, those faire lines, which true goodnesse show.
5There shall he find all vices ouerthrow,
6Not by rude force, but sweetest soueraigntie
8That inward sunne in thine eyes shineth so.
9And not content to be Perfections heire
10Thy selfe, doest striue all minds that way to mooue:
11Who mark in thee what is in thee most faire.
12So while thy beautie drawes the heart to loue,
13As fast thy Vertue bends that loue to good:
14But ah, Desire still cries, giue me some food.
7] night-birds: the vices Back to Line
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