Astrophel and Stella XLI

Original Text: 
Sir Philip Sidney, Sir P. S. his Astrophel and Stella ([J. Charlewood] for T. Newman, 1591). STC 22536. Facs. edn.: Menston: Scolar Press, 1970. PR 2342 A7 1591A ROBA.
2Guided so well that I obtain'd the prize,
3Both by the judgment of the English eyes
4And of some sent from that sweet enemy France;
5Horsemen my skill in horsemanship advance,
6Town folks my strength; a daintier judge applies
8Some lucky wits impute it but to chance;
10My blood from them who did excel in this,
11Think Nature me a man of arms did make.
12How far they shot awry! The true cause is,
13Stella look'd on, and from her heav'nly face
14Sent forth the beams which made so fair my race.


1] In April 1581, Sidney took part in a tournament at Whitehall in honour of the emissaries of the Duke of Anjou, then in England negotiating for that prince's marriage with Queen Elizabeth. The poem clearly refers to this tournament. Back to Line
7] sleight: skill. Back to Line
9] of both sides. Both the Sidneys and the Dudleys (his mother's family) were distinguished in war and in chivalry. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1:121.