Astrophel and Stella XXXI
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.
1With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies!
2How silently, and with how wan a face!
3What, may it be that even in heav'nly place
4That busy archer his sharp arrows tries!
5Sure, if that long-with love-acquainted eyes
6Can judge of love, thou feel'st a lover's case,
7I read it in thy looks; thy languish'd grace
8To me, that feel the like, thy state descries.
9Then, ev'n of fellowship, O Moon, tell me,
10Is constant love deem'd there but want of wit?
11Are beauties there as proud as here they be?
12Do they above love to be lov'd, and yet
13Those lovers scorn whom that love doth possess?
14Do they call virtue there ungratefulness?
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