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Domenico Fetti. Melancholy, c1620. Galleria dell'Accademia, Venice.
Domenico Fetti. Melancholy, c1620.


Astrophel and Stella

XLV

Stella oft sees the very face of woe
      Painted in my beclouded stormy face,
      But cannot skill to pity my disgrace,
      Not though thereof the cause herself she know;
Yet hearing late a fable, which did show
      Of lovers never known a grievous case,
      Pity thereof gat in her breast such place
      That, from that sea derived, tears' spring did flow.
Alas, if fancy, drawn by imaged things,
      Though false, yet with free scope, more grace doth breed
      Than servant's wrack, where new doubts honor brings;
Then think, my dear, that you in me do read
      Of lovers' ruin some sad tragedy.
      I am not I; pity the tale of me.




Source:
Poetry of the English Renaissance 1509-1660.
J. William Hebel and Hoyt H. Hudson, Eds.
New York: F. S. Crofts & Co., 1941. 113.




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