Astrophel and Stella XV

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.
1You that do search for every purling spring
2Which from the ribs of old Parnassus flows,
3And every flower, not sweet perhaps, which grows
4Near thereabouts, into your poesy wring;
5Ye that do dictionary's method bring
6Into your rimes, running in rattling rows;
11And sure, at length stol'n goods do come to light.
12But if, both for your love and skill, your name
13You seek to nurse at fullest breasts of Fame,
14Stella behold, and then begin to endite.


7] Petrarch's long-deceased woes. Francesco Petrarca (1304-74) is best known by the sonnets in which he celebrates his hopeless passion for Laura. These sonnets were models for most sixteenth-century sonnetteers. Back to Line
8] denizen'd: admitted to residence in a foreign country; the opposite to native, and by implication to "natural." Back to Line
9] far-fet: far-fetched. Back to Line
10] touch: tact, perception. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1:119.