Astrophel and Stella: Second Song

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.
1Haue I caught my heau'nly jewel,
2Teaching sleepe most faire to be?
3Now will I teach her that she,
4When she wakes, is too too cruell.
5     Since sweet sleep her eyes hath charmed,
6The two only darts of Loue:
7Now will I with that boy proue
8Some play, while he is disarmed.
9     Her tongue waking still refuseth,
11Now will I attempt to know,
12What No her tongue sleeping vseth.
13     See the hand which waking gardeth,
14Sleeping, grants a free resort:
15Now will I inuade the fort;
16Cowards Loue with losse rewardeth.
17     But, O foole, thinke of the danger,
18Of her just and high disdaine:
19Now will I alas refraine,
20Loue feares nothing else but anger.
21     Yet those lips so sweetly swelling,
22Do invite a stealing kisse:
23Now will I but venture this,
24Who will read must first learne spelling.
25     Oh sweet kisse, but ah she is waking,
27Now will I awaie hence flee:
28Foole, more foole, for no more taking.


10] niggard: miserly, stingily Back to Line
26] lowring: lowering, louring, scowling, frowning Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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