Astrophel and Stella: 21

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.
3That mine owne writings like bad servants show,
4My wits, quick in vaine thoughts, in vertue lame:
5That Plato I reade for nought, but if he tame
7Nobler desires, least else that friendly foe,
8Great expectation, weare a traine of shame.
9For since mad March great promise made of me,
10If now the May of my yeares much declyne,
11What can be hoped my haruest time will be?
12Sure you say well, your wisedomes golden mine,
13Dig deepe with learnings spade, now tel me this,
14Hath this world ought so faire as Stella is?


1] caustiks: caustics, substances that burn or corrode Back to Line
2] marde: marred
windlas: windlass, to ensnare (by cunning or deceit) Back to Line
6] coltish yeares: coltish gyres, wild (and youthful) turnings from one thing to another Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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