Astrophel and Stella: 28

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.
1You that with allegories curious frame,
2Of others children changelings vse to make,
3With me those paines for Gods sake do not take
4I list not dig so deepe for brasen fame.
5When I say, Stella, I do meane the same
6Princesse of Beautie, for whose onely sake,
8And joy therein, though Nations count it shame:
9I beg no subject to vse eloquence,
10Nor in hid wayes do guide Philosophie:
11Looke at my hands for no such quintessence;
12But know that I in pure simplicitie,
13Breathe out the flames which burne within my heart,
14Loue onely reading vnto me this art.


7] slake: may here mean to refresh or moisten with water (as in satisfying one's thirst or putting out a fire), supporting a reading of ."raines." as ."rains." (rather than ."reins.") Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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