Poetry Explorer- Classic Contemporary Poetry, ASTROPHEL AND STELLA: 56, by PHILIP SIDNEY

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ASTROPHEL AND STELLA: 56, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: Fie, school of patience, fie! Your lesson is
Last Line: And then with patience bid me bear my fire.
Subject(s): Love; Stars

Fie, school of patience, fie; your lesson is
Far, far too long to learn it without book:
What, a whole week without one piece of look,
And think I should not your large precepts miss?
When I might read those letters fair of bliss,
Which in her face teach virtue, I could brook
Somewhat thy leaden counsels, which I took
As of a friend that meant not much amiss:
But now that I, alas, do want her sight,
What, dost thou think that I can ever take
In thy cold stuff a phlegmatique delight?
No, patience; if thou wilt my good, then make
Her come, and hear with patience my desire,
And then with patience bid me bear my fire.

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