Astrophel and Stella: 30

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.
2To fill his hornes this yeare on Christian coast:
7How Holland harts, now so good townes be lost,
11If in the Scotch Court be no weltring yet.
12These questions busie wits to me do frame;
13I cumbred with good maners, answer do,
14But know not how, for still I thinke of you.


1] Turkish new-moone: the image of the crescent moon was used on the flag of the Ottoman Empire since 1453 Back to Line
3] Poles right king: Stefan Batory, who led offences against Russia during the Muscovite-Lithuanian Wars Back to Line
4] Moscouy: Muscovy (Russia) Back to Line
5] three parts in one: France was divided by religion: the Catholics, the Calvinists (Huguenots), and the Politiques, who advocated leniency towards the Calvinists and a separation of Church and State. Back to Line
6] diets: the Diet (Assembly, or Reichstag) of the Holy Roman Empire Back to Line
8] Organ-tree: probably, ."orange tree,." a reference to Prince William of Orange (1533-1584), leader of the Dutch Revolt Back to Line
9] Vlster: Ulster, a province in Ireland Back to Line
10] my father: Sir Philip Sidney's father, Sir Henry Sidney (1529-1586), was lord deputy of Ireland and converted to freehold land tenure the tribal institutions of Ulster. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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