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.
2Where trueth itselfe must speake like flatterie?
3Within what bounds can one his liking stay,
4Where Nature doth with infinite agree?
6Since Reason selfe doth blow the cole in me?
7And ah what hope, that hope should once see day,
8Where Cupid is sworne page to Chastity?
9Honour is honour'd, that thou doest possesse
10Him as thy slaue, and how long needy Fame
11Doth euen grow rich, naming my Stellas name.
12Wit learnes in thee perfection to expresse,
13Not thou by praise, but praise in thee is rais'de:
14It is a praise to praise, when thou art prais'de.


1] terminal period changed to comma Back to Line
5] Nestors counsell: Nestor, King of Pylos, and councillor to Achilles and other warriors in the Trojan War Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Marc R. Plamondon
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