Astrophel and Stella: 36

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.
1Stella, whence doth this new assault arise,
3Whereto long since through my long battred eyes;
4Whole armies of thy beauties entred in.
5And there long since, Loue thy lieutenant lies,
7Of conquest, do not these effects suffice,
8But wilt now warre vpon thine owne begin?
9With so sweete voice, and by sweete Nature so
10In sweetest strength, so sweetly skild withall,
11In all sweete stratagems, sweete Arte can show,
12That not my soule, which at thy foot did fall,
14By Senses priviledge, can scape from thee.


2] ."golden." is ."yeelding." in 1591 edition and is sometimes rendered as ."yelden." (i.e. yielded) Back to Line
6] razde: razed, levelled, destroyed Back to Line
13] beames: i.e., the beams of Stella's eyes
stone nor tree: Because Stella is described as able to enchant the stones and trees, she is being compared to Orpheus. See the Third Song. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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