Astrophel and Stella: 79
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.
2Which euen of sweetnesse sweetest sweetner art:
3Pleasingst consort, where each sense holds a part,
4Which coupling Doues guides Venus chariot right.
6A double key, which opens to the heart,
7Most rich, when most his riches it impart:
8Neast of young joyes, schoole-master of delight,
13Breake-fast of Loue, but lo, lo, where she is,
14Cease we to praise, now praie we for a kisse.
1] endite: to write Back to Line
5] retrait: retreat Back to Line
9] meane: poor, common, inferior Back to Line
10] ."stay." changed to ."fray." (in accordance with the 1597 edition) Back to Line
11] prettie death: perhaps a variant or altering of ."little death,." a euphemism for a sexual orgasm Back to Line
12] weale: happiness, wealth, abundance Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors:
Marc R. Plamondon