Astrophel and Stella: 61

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.
1Oft with true sighes, oft with vncalled teares,
2Now with slow words, now with dumbe eloquence
4But this at last is her sweet breath'd defence:
6So captiues to his Saint both soule and sense,
7That wholly hers, all selfnesse he forbeares,
9Now since her chast mind hates this loue in me,
10With chastned mind, I straight must shew that she
11Shall quickly me from what she hates remoue.
12O Doctor Cupid, thou for me reply,
13Driu'n else to graunt by Angels sophistrie,
14That I loue not, without I leaue to loue.


3] I Stellas eyes assaid, invade her eares: Having attempted to invade Stella's eyes, I now invade her ears. ."Asseid." is here an alternate spelling for ."essayed." (attempted). Back to Line
5] in felt: infelt, experienced in one's inner self Back to Line
8] his liues course: his life's course Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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