Astrophel and Stella: 34

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.
1Come let me write, and to what end? to ease
2A burth'ned hart, how can words ease, which are
3The glasses of thy dayly vexing care?
5Art not asham'd to publish thy disease?
6Nay, that may breed my fame, it is so rare:
7But will not wise men thinke thy words fond ware?
9What idler thing, then speake and not be heard?
10What harder thing then smart, and not to speake?
11Peace foolish wit, with wit my wit is marr'd.
12Thus write I while I doubt to write, and wreake
13My harmes on Inks poore losse, perhaps some find
14Stellas great powers, that so confuse my mind.


4] ."sights." is usually rendered as ."fights." Back to Line
8] close: private, shut in Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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