Astrophel and Stella: 32

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.
2Witnesse of life to them that liuing die:
3A Prophet oft, and oft in historie,
4A Poet eke, as humours fly or creepe,
5Since thou in me so sure a power doest keepe,
6That neuer I with close vp sense do lie,
7But by thy worke (my Stella) I descrie,
8Teaching blind eyes both how to smile and weepe.
9Vouchsafe of all acquaintance this to tell,
10Whence hast thou Iuorie, Rubies, pearle and gold,
13But from thy heart, while my sire charmeth thee,
14Sweet Stellas image I do steale to me.


1] Morpheus: Morpheus, the Greek god of dreams, was the son of Hypnos, the god of sleep Back to Line
11] ."sn well." changed to ."so well." Back to Line
12] Indes: the Indies, or India, or central and eastern Asia Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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