Astrophel and Stella: 72

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.
1Desire, though thou my old companion art,
2And oft so clings to my pure Loue, that I
3One from the other scarcely can descrie,
4While each doth blow the fiere of my hart;
5Now from thy fellowship I needs must part,
7I must no more in thy sweet passions lie;
8Vertues gold now must head my Cupids dart.
9Seruice and Honor, wonder with delight,
10Feare to offend, will worthie to appeare,
11Care shining in mine eies, faith in my sprite.
12These things are left me by my only Deare;
13But thou Desire, because thou wouldst haue all,
14Now banisht art, but yet alas how shall?


6] Venus: the Roman goddess of love and beauty
Dians: Diana is the Roman goddess of the hunt, the moon, and chastity. She is usually depicted as carrying a bow and arrows. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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