Astrophel and Stella: 78

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 how the pleasant aires of true loue be
2Infected by those vapours, which arise
3From out that noysome gulfe, which gaping lies
4Betweene the jawes of hellish Iealousie.
5A monster, others harme, selfe-miserie,
6Beauties plague, Vertues scourge, succour of lies:
7Who his owne joy to his owne hurt applies,
8And only cherish doth with injurie.
9Who since he hath, by Natures speciall grace,
10So piercing pawes, as spoyle when they embrace,
11So nimble feet as stirre still, though on thornes:
13So ample eares as neuer good newes know:


12] ay seeking: always seeking Back to Line
14] such a Deuill wants hornes: the monster Jealousy is without horns. The horns are suggestive of the cuckold, the man whose wife is having sex with another man. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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