• Fiona Stewart

I thought tomorrow was Friday

Hello my lovelies, I spent the entire day thinking it was Thursday and now I feel cheated. Bah!

I trust WEDNESDAY finds you in good spirits; speaking of spirits (oh dear), I've been jostling with oils in studio - I'll be honest with you it is not my favourite medium. I'm an acrylic lover and not a fighter (for the love of god, stop).


I'm creating a piece which will accompany, "Astrophil" .

"Stella", the subject Astrophil's dream is discussed at length in Sir Philip Sidney's Sonnet 39.

"Astrophil" 2019













Astrophil and Stella is one of Elizabethan poetry’s finest and brightest gems. In 108 sonnets and a handful of songs, Sir Philip Sidney produced the first sustained sonnet sequence in English (though not, contrary to popular belief, the very first). Sonnet 39, beginning ‘Come sleep, O sleep, the certain knot of peace’, is one of the most widely anthologised poems in the sequence – and this analysis is going to attempt to explain why it remains so popular.

SONNET 39.


Come Sleep, O Sleep, the certain knot of peace, The baiting place of wit, the balm of woe, The poor man’s wealth, the prisoner’s release, The indifferent judge between the high and low; With shield of proof shield me from out the press Of those fierce darts Despair at me doth throw; O make in me those civil wars to cease; I will good tribute pay, if thou do so. Take thou of me smooth pillows, sweetest bed, A chamber deaf to noise, and blind to light; A rosy garland, and a weary head; And if these things, as being thine by right, Move not thy heavy grace, thou shalt in me, Livelier than elsewhere, Stella’s image see.




©2019 Fiona Stewart