Astrophel and Stella: 8

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.
2Forc'd by a tedious proofe, that Turkish hardned hart
3Is no fit marke to pierce with his fine pointed dart:
5But finding these North climes do coldly him embrace,
7Wherewith most ease and warmth he might employ his art:
8At length he perch'd himselfe in Stellas joyfull face,
9Whose faire skin, beamy eyes like mourning sun on snow,
10Deceiu'd the quaking boy, who thought from so pure light,
11Effects of liuely heate, must needs in nature grow.
12But she most faire, most cold, made him thence take his flight
13To my close heart, where while some firebrands he did lay,
14He burnt vnwares his wings, and cannot flie away.


1] Loue: Love, here, refers to Eros (or Cupid), son of Aphrodite (or Venus)
Greece: Greece, at this time, was ruled by the Ottoman (Turkish) empire. Back to Line
4] terminal comma added Back to Line
6] frozen clips: frozen embraces Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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