Pleading for love’s kind glance is but my goal,
To feel virtuous joy from beauty’s face
And eke to win true love in pity’s place,
Might she and I complete the other’s soul.
Should I experience this bliss most whole,
Desire I then to fill all paper’d space
With witness to all of my unmatch’d case,
So that others might then seek such a role,
To feel pure love and its sweet charity.
Hope I she grants this unworthiest wight
That love, that joy, that most divine beauty,
Which glows unceasing with her clearest light.
I ache to win her gaze, but more to share
The love she sparks in me, and eke the care.
This first poem attempts to mimic the premier sonnets of Petrarch and the Elizabethan sequences (especially Sidney’s Astrophel and Stella and Spenser’s Amoretti) in that it is a synopsis (or at least a teaser) of the entire sequence. This piece especially rips off Sidney in its effort to appear Neoplatonic in philosophy. Most notably, I mean the arguments in Sidney’s Defense of Poesie on the nature of poetry as a device to display virtue and vice and guide readers towards making the decision to pursue the more virtuous path. Sidney’s definition of poetry in his Defense has a mirror in the clause formations of his initial Astrophel sonnet, but I was only able to successfully parody 2/3 of it (using infinitive verbs and active present tense, but not noun ‘representations’ of my poetic intent).
3. eke: also.
10. wight: creature, person.