Astrophel and Stella: 83

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.
2I was content you should in fauour creepe,
4As though that faire soft hand did you great wrong.
5I bare (with Enuie) yet I bare your song,
6When in her neck you did Loue ditties peepe;
7Nay, more foole I, oft suffered you to sleep
9What, doth high place ambitious thoughts augment?
10Is sawcinesse reward of curtesie?
11Cannot such grace your silly selfe content,
13And through those lips drink Nectar from that tong,
14Leaue that sir Phip, least off your neck be wrong.


1] Good brother Philip: Astrophel addresses Stella's pet sparrow, named Philip Back to Line
3] your cut to keepe: maintained your dignity Back to Line
8] Lillies neast: presumably, Stella's breasts Back to Line
12] billing: caressing, with the implication that both the sparrow and Stella are caressing each other Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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