Astrophel and Stella: 2

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.
2Loue gaue the wound, which while I breath will bleed:
3But knowne worth did in mine of time proceed,
4Till by degrees it had full conquest got.
5I saw and liked, I liked but loued not,
6I loued, but straight did not what Loue decreed:
7At length to Loues decrees, I forc'd, agreed,
8Yet with repining at so partiall lot,
9Now euen that footstep of lost libertie
11I call it praise to suffer Tyrannie;
12And now employ the remnant of my wit,
13To make meselfe beleeue, that all is well,
14While with a feeling skill I paint my hell.


1] dribbed shot: in archery, a dribbed shot is one that misses the mark by falling short or wide Back to Line
10] Moscouite: someone from Moscow: i.e., a Russian Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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