Astrophel and Stella: 81
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.
1O kisse, which doest those ruddy gemmes impart,
2Or gemmes, or frutes of new-found Paradise,
3Beathing all blisse and sweetning to the heart,
5O kisse, which soules, euen soules together ties
6By linkes of Loue, and onely Natures art:
7How faine would I paint thee to al mens eies,
8Or of thy gifts at least shade out some part.
9But she forbids, with blushing words, she sayes,
10She builds her fame on higher seated praise:
11But my heart burnes, I cannot silent be.
12Then since (deare life) you faine would haue me peace,
13And I, mad with delight, want wit to cease,
14Stop you my mouth with still still kissing me.
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