Astrophel and Stella XXXIII
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.
2And then would not, or could not, see my bliss;
3Till now wrapt in a most infernal night,
4I find how heav'nly day, wretch! I did miss.
5Heart, rend thyself, thou dost thyself but right;
6No lovely Paris made thy Helen his,
7No force, no fraud robb'd thee of thy delight,
8Nor Fortune of thy fortune author is;
9But to myself myself did give the blow,
10While too much wit, forsooth, so troubled me
12And yet could not by rising morn foresee
13How fair a day was near: O punish'd eyes,
14That I had been more foolish,--or more wise!
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