Astrophel and Stella: 87
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.
1When I was forst from Stella euer deere,
2Stella food of my thoughts, hart of my heart,
3Stella whose eyes make all my tempests cleere,
4By yron lawes of dutie to depart:
5Alas I found, that she with me did smart,
6I saw that teares did in her eyes appeare;
7I saw that sighs her sweetest lips did part,
8And her sad words my saddest sence did heare.
9For me, I wept to see pearles scattered so,
10I sigh'd her sighes, and wailed for her wo,
11Yet swam in joy, such loue in her was seene.
12Thus while th'effect most bitter was to me,
13And nothing then the cause more sweete could be,
14I had beene vext, if vext I had not beene.
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