Astrophel and Stella: 4

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.
1Vertue alas, now let me take some rest,
3If vaine loue haue my simple soule opprest:
4Leaue what thou likest not, deale not thou with it.
6Churches or schooles are for thy seate more fit:
7I do confesse, pardon a fault confest:
9But if that needes thou wilt vsurping be,
10The little reason that is left in me,
11And still th'effect of thy perswasions proue:
12I sweare, my heart such one shall shew to thee,
13That shrines in flesh so true a Deitie,
14That Vertue, thou thy selfe shalt be in loue.


2] a bate: a quarrel Back to Line
5] Catoes brest: probably Marcus Porcius Cato (the Elder or the Censor), Roman consul Back to Line
8] hard bit: a bit is a mouthpiece for a horse's bridle Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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