Astrophel and Stella: 68

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.
1Stella, the onely Planet of my light,
2Light of my life, and life of my desire,
3Chiefe good, whereto my hope doth only aspire,
4World of my wealth, and heau'n of my delight.
5Why doest thou spend the treasures of thy sprite,
7Seeking to quench in me the noble fire,
8Fed by thy worth, and blinded by thy sight?
9And all in vaine, for while thy breath most sweet,
10With choisest words, thy words with reasons rare,
12Labour to kill in me this killing care:
13O think I then, what paradise of joy
14It is, so faire a Vertue to enjoy.


6] Amphions lyre: In some traditions, Amphion (from Greek mythology) built the city of Thebes with music from his lyre. Back to Line
11] removed italics from ."feet." Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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