"Sir Foole": Astrophil and Stella 53 In Martiall sports I had m y cunning tride, And yet to breake more staves did m e addresse: While with the people's shouts I must confesse, Youth, lucke, and praise, even fild m y veines with pride. W h e n Cupid, having m e his slave descride In Morse's liverie, prauncing in the presse: 'What now sir foole,' said he, ' would no lesse, I Looke here, I say.' I look'd, and Stella spide, W h o hard by made a window send forth light. M y heart then quak'd, then dazled were mine eyes, One hand forgott to rule, th'other to fight. Nor trumpets' sound I heard, nor friendly cries; M y Foe c a m e on, and beat the aire for m e , Till that her blush taught m e m y shame to see. Although commentators on Astrophil and Stella are unanimous in extolling the rich complexity of the sequence as a whole, a fair number of the individual sonnets that comprise it seem to have dropped out of critical sight. Sonnet 53, for example, "In Martiall sports I had m y cunning tride", is
Parergon – Australian & New Zealand Association of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Inc. (ANAZAMEMS, Inc.)
Published: Apr 3, 1983
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