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Sir Philip Sidney (1554-1586)

Astrophel and Stella XXXI

              1With how sad steps, O Moon, thou climb'st the skies!
              2How silently, and with how wan a face!
              3What, may it be that even in heav'nly place
              4That busy archer his sharp arrows tries!
              5Sure, if that long-with love-acquainted eyes
              6Can judge of love, thou feel'st a lover's case,
              7I read it in thy looks; thy languish'd grace
              8To me, that feel the like, thy state descries.
              9Then, ev'n of fellowship, O Moon, tell me,
            10Is constant love deem'd there but want of wit?
            11Are beauties there as proud as here they be?
            12Do they above love to be lov'd, and yet
            13Those lovers scorn whom that love doth possess?
            14Do they call virtue there ungratefulness?

Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

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.
First publication date: 1591
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger
RP edition: 3RP 1:120.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/11

Form: sonnet
Rhyme: ababababcdcdee

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