Astrophel and Stella: 12

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.
1Cupid, because thou shin'st in Stellas eyes,
3That those lips sweld, so full of thee they bee,
5That in her breast thy pap well sugred lies,
6That her Grace gracious makes thy wrongs, that she
7What words so ere she speake perswades for thee,
8That her cleare voyce lifts thy fame to the skies.
9Thou countest Stella thine, like those whose powers
11Crie, victorie, this faire day all is ours.
12O no, her heart is such a Cittadell,
13So fortified with wit, stor'd with disdaine,
14That to win it, is all the skill and paine.


2] daunces: dances. Various editions use different words in this place, including ."dimness." and ."day-nets,." a net used to catch small birds (OED). Back to Line
4] ryes: rise Back to Line
10] breach: a break in the battlements or citadel Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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