Astrophel and Stella: 38

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.
1This night while sleepe begins with heauy wings
4To leaue the scepter of all subject things.
6Vnto my minde, is Stellas image, wrought
8That she, me thinks, not only shines but sings.
9I start, looke, harke, but what in clos'de vp sense
10Was held, in opened sense it flies away,
11Leauing me nought but wailing eloquence:
12I seeing better sights in sights decay,
13Cal'd it anew, and wooed sleepe againe:
14But him her hoast that vnkinde guest had slaine.


2] to hatch mine eyes: to close my eyes
vnbited thought: unbitted thought, thought that has been unbridled or let loose (i.e., freed from the bit) Back to Line
3] ."power are bought." changed to ."powers are brought." Back to Line
5] my fancies error: my imagination's wandering Back to Line
7] drought: draught, drawing, outline, sketch Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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