(55) Clitia , Phaebus, and Chloris eye Thought none so faire as Mercurie. Venus thus Did discusse By her Sonne in darts of fire: (60) None so chast to check desire.
Dian rose with all her Maydes, Blushing thus at Loues braides, With sighs all Shew their thrall, (65) And flinging thence, pronounc’d this saw: What so strong as Loues sweete law?
FINIS. Ro. Greene.
¶ Astrophell to Stella, his third Song. +
I F Orpheus voyce had force to breathe such musiques loue Through pores of sencelesse trees, as it could make them moue: If stones good measure daunc’d, the Thebane walls to build To cadence of the tunes, which Amphyons Lyre did yeeld: (5) More cause a like effect at least-wise bringeth, O stones, ô trees, learne hearing, Stella singeth.
If Loue might sweet’n so a boy of Sheepheards broode, To make a Lyzard dull to tast Loues daintie foode: +If Eagle fierce could so in Grecian Mayde delight, +(10) As his light was her eyes, her death his endlesse night: Earth gaue that Loue, heau’n I trow Loue defineth, O beasts, ô birds, looke, Loue, loe, Stella shineth.