Astrophel and Stella: 48

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.
1Soules joy, bend not those morning starres from me,
2Where Vertue is made strong by Beauties might,
3Where Loue is chastnesse, Paine doth learne delight,
4And Humblenesse growes one with Majestie.
5What euer may ensue, O let me be
6Copartner of the riches of that sight:
7Let not mine eyes be hel-driu'n from that light:
8O looke, O shine, O let me die and see.
9For though I oft my selfe of them bemone,
10That through my heart their beamie darts be gone:
11Whose curelesse wounds euen now most freshly bleed:
12Yet since my death-wound is already got,
13Deare Killer, spare not thy sweet cruel shot:
14A kind of grace it is to slay with speed.
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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