Astrophel and Stella: 39

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 sleepe, O sleepe, the certaine knot of peace,
3The poore mans wealth, the prisoners release,
4Th'indifferent Iudge betweene the high and low;
6Of those fierce darts, dispaire at me doth throw,
7O make me in those civill warres to cease;
8I will good tribute pay if thou do so.
9Take thou of me smooth pillowes, sweetest bed,
10A chamber deafe to noise, and blind to light:
11A rosie garland, and a wearie hed:
12And if these things, as being thine by right,
13Moue not thy heauy grace, thou shalt in me
14Liuelier then else-where Stellas image see.


2] baiting place: a place on a journey where refreshment is taken (and the horses fed) Back to Line
5] prease: press, possibly here meaning the thick of the fight or, in this case, the concentration of darts Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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