Astrophel and Stella: 77

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.
1Those lookes, whose beames be joy, whose motion is delight,
3That presence, which doth giue darke hearts a liuing light:
6Those lips, which makes deaths pay a meane price for a kisse:
7That skin, whose passe-praise hue scornes this poore terme of white:
9That voyce, which makes the soule plant himselfe in the eares:
10That conuersation sweet, where such high comforts be,
12Makes me in my best thoughts and quietst judgement see,
13That in no more but these I might be fully blest:
14Yet ah, my Mayd'n Muse doth blush to tell the best.


2] lecture: perusal Back to Line
4] Venus: Roman goddess of love and beauty Back to Line
5] Atlas might: Atlas's might. Atlas was the Titan from Greek mythology who was condemned to carry the sky on his shoulders. Back to Line
8] which do sublime the quintessence of blisse: which do produce the essential characteristic of bliss. Sublimation is a process of applying heat to a substance to extract its pure elements, often as a gas. Back to Line
11] constered: construed, explained or interpreted Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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