Syr P.S. His Astrophel and Stella Wherein the excellence of sweete poesie is concluded. To the end of which are added, sundry other rare sonnets of diuers noble men and gentlemen.
Sidney, Philip, Sir, 1554-1586., Newman, Thomas, fl. 1587-1598. aut, Nash, Thomas, 1567-1601. aut, Daniel, Samuel, 1562-1619. aut

Canto primo.

HArke all you Ladies that doo sleepe,
The Fairie Queene Proserpina
Bids you awake, and pitie them that weepe.
You may doo in the darke
What the day doth forbid;
Feare not the doggs that barke,
Night will haue all hid.
But if you let your Louers mone,
The Fairie Queene Proserpina
Will send abroad hir Fairies euerie one:
That shall pinch blacke and blew
Your white hands and faire armes,
That did not kindly rewe
Your Paramours harmes.
In myrtle arbours on the downes,
The Fairie Queene Proserpina
This night by Moone shine leading merrie rounds,
Page  77Holds a watch with sweete Loue,
Downe the dale, vp the hill,
No plaints nor grieues may moue,
Their holy vigill.
All you that will hold watch with Loue,
The Fairie Queene Proserpina
Will make you fairer than Dianas Doue,
Roses red, Lillies white,
And the cleere damaske hue
Shall on your cheekes alight:
Loue will adorne you.
All you that loue, or lou'd before,
The Fairie Queene Proserpina
Bids you increase that louing humour more:
They that haue not yet fed
On delight amorous,
She vowes that they shall lead
Apes in Auernus.