Astrophel and Stella: 63

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.
1O Grammer rules, O now your vertues show;
2So children still reade you with awfull eyes,
3As my young Doue may in your precepts wise
4Her graunt to me, by her owne vertue know.
6I crau'd the thing which euer she denies;
7She lightning Loue, displaying Venus skies,
8Least once should not be heard, twise said, No, No.
10Heau'ns enuy not at my high triumphing:
11But Grammers force with sweet successe confirme:
13For Grammer sayes (to Grammer who says nay)
14That in one speech two Negatiues affirme.


5] ."eyes must low." changed to ."eyes most low." Back to Line
9] Io Pæan: Io, in Greek mythology, was a maiden with whom Zeus fell in love; Zeus made love to her in the form of a cloud and transformed her into a heifer. A pæan is a poem, song, or chant, solemn in nature, usually expressing thanksgiving for military victory. The Oxford English Dictionary suggests that the term ."io paean." is an expression of joy or triumph (and thus has nothing to do with the heifer/maiden Io). Back to Line
12] ."nay." changed to ."way."
way: weigh, consider Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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