Astrophel and Stella XXIII
Sir Philip Sidney, Sir P. S. his Astrophel and Stella ([J. Charlewood] for T. Newman, 1591). STC 22536. Facs. edn.: Menston: Scolar Press, 1970. PR 2342 A7 1591A ROBA.
1The curious wits, seeing dull pensiveness
2Bewray itself in my long-settl'd eyes,
3Whence those same fumes of melancholy rise,
4With idle pains and missing aim do guess.
5Some, that know how my spring I did address,
6Deem that my Muse some fruit of knowledge plies;
7Others, because the prince my service tries,
8Think that I think state errors to redress;
9But harder judges judge ambition's rage--
10Scourge of itself, still climbing slipp'ry place--
11Holds my young brain captiv'd in golden cage.
12O fool or over-wise! alas, the race
13Of all my thoughts hath neither stop nor start
14But only Stella's eyes and Stella's heart.
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