Astrophel and Stella: 11

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.
1In truth, O Loue, with what a boyish kind
2Thou doest proceed in thy most serious waies:
3That when the heau'n to thee his best displayes,
4Yet of that best thou leau'st the best behind.
5For like a child that some faire booke doth find,
6With guilded leaues or coloured Velum playes,
7Or at the most on some fine picture stayes,
8But neuer heeds the fruit of writers mind:
9So when thou saw'st in Natures cabinet
10Stella, thou straight lookst babies in her eyes,
13Playing and shining in each outward part:
14But, foole, seek'st not to get into her hart.


11] pit-fould: pitfall, a trap to catch insects, animals, birds, or unsuspecting people Back to Line
12] bopeepe: a game with a child of hiding behind one's hands (peekaboo in North America) Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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