Astrophel and Stella: 102

Original Text: 
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.
1Where be those Roses gone, which sweetned so our eyes?
2Where those red cheeks, which oft with faire encrease did frame
3The height of honor in the kindly badge of shame?
6Which nature selfe did make, and selfe engraind the same?
7I would know by what right this palenesse ouercame
8That hue, whose force my hart still vnto thraledome ties?
12It is but loue which makes his paper perfite white,
13To write therein more fresh the story of delight,


4] weeds: usually, black articles of clothing worn when mourning a person's death Back to Line
5] vade: fade Back to Line
9] Galleins adoptiue sonnes: doctors; Galen was an ancient Greek physician whose writings formed the base of European medicine through to the nineteenth century; though by Sidney's time, his medical information was being surpassed by that of more progressive (and modern) physicians. Back to Line
10] hackney on: figuratively, to ride upon (as on an old horse) Back to Line
11] furre: far Back to Line
14] Venus: the Roman goddess of love and beauty
sturre: stir Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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