1] This sonnet was adapted from a famous ten-line song preserved in Puttenham's Art of English Poesy, 1589, but not found elsewhere among Sidney's poems. The sonnet occurs in Book III of The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, which was begun in 1580, and was published in incomplete form in 1590, and in a revised form in 1593. The Arcadia is a long macaronic romance (prose mixed with poetry).
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Original text: Sir Philip Sidney, The Countess of Pembroke's Arcadia, 2nd edn. Ed. H. Sanford. (J. Windet for W. Ponsonbie, 1593.) STC 22540.
First publication date: 1593
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger
RP edition: 3RP 1:118.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/11
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