Astrophel and Stella: 65

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.
2That giu'st no better eare to my just cries:
3Thou whom to me such my good turnes should bind,
4As I may well recount, but none can prize:
5For when nak'd boy thou couldst no harbour find
6In this old world, growne now so too too wise:
7I lodg'd thee in my heart, and being blind
8By Nature borne, I gaue to thee mine eyes.
9Mine eyes, my life, my heart, my life, alas,
10If so great seruices may scorned be:
11Yet let this thought thy Tygrish courage passe:
12That I perhaps am somewhat kinne to thee;
13Since in thine armes, if learn'd fame truth hath spred,
14Thou bear'st the arrow, I the arrow head.


1] ."Loue." italicized (not italicized in the copy text) Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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