Astrophel and Stella: 93
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 fate, O fault, O curse, child of my blisse,
2What sobs can giue words grace my griefe to sho?
3What inke is blacke inough to paint my wo?
4Through me, wretch me, euen Stella vexed is.
6Witnesse with me, that my soule stumbling so,
7From carelesnesse did in no maner grow,
8But wit confus'd with too much care did misse.
9And do I then my selfe this vaine scuse giue?
10I haue (liue I and know this) harmed thee,
12Only with paines my paines thus eased be,
13That all thy hurtes in my hearts wracke I reede;
14I cry thy sighs; my deere, thy teares I bleede.
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