¶ The Shepheard to his chosen Nimph. +Printed as the ‘Fourth Song’ of Astrophil and Stella (1591), pp. 49-50; The Countess of Pembroke’s Arcadia (1598), pp. 549-51. Another copy in O: Rawl. Poet. 85, c. 1590, fol. 42-2v. For a later musical setting for this lyric, see Musical Settings . Author: Sir Philip Sidney. Structure (May/Ringler): 54: 9×6, aabb4troch.CC8
O Nely ioy, now heere you are, Fit to heare and ease my care: Let my whispring voyce obtaine, Sweet reward for sharpest paine. (5) Take mee to thee, and thee to me, No, no, no, no, my Deere, let be.
Night hath clos’d all in her cloke, Twinkling starres Loue-thoughts prouoke, Daunger hence good care doth keepe (10) Iealousie it selfe doth sleepe. Take me to thee, and thee to me: No, no, no, no, my Deere, let be.