Astrophel and Stella: 6

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.
2Of hopes begot by feare, of wot not what desires:
3Of force of heau'nly beames, infusing hellish paine:
7Another humbler wit to shepheards pipe retires,
8Yet hiding royall bloud full oft in rurall vaine.
9To some a sweetest plaint, a sweetest stile affords,
10While teares powre out his inke, & sighs breath out his words:
11His paper pale dispaire, and paine his pen doth moue.
12I can speake what I feele, and feele as much as they,
13But thinke that all the Map of my state I display,
14When trembling voice brings forth that I do Stella loue.


1] they their Muses entertaine: when they engage in one of the creative or performing arts Back to Line
4] terminal period added Back to Line
5] Ioue: Jove, chief of the Roman gods Back to Line
6] bordred: embroidered
buls & swans: Jove (or Zeus) courted Europa while in the form of a bull and courted Leda while in the form of a swan
golden raine: Jove (or Zeus) fell in the form of a golden shower upon Danae, impregnating her Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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