Saturday, September 18, 2010
Soone as ASTREA shewes her face,
Strait every ill avoides the place,
And every good aboundeth.
—Mary Sidney, Countess of Pembroke, "Astrea" (1611)
Astrea (Astræa) refers to the Greek "star maiden," the celestial virgin.
Note that Mary Sidney is a strong contender for the true author of the Shakespeare plays. See the compelling and convincing Sweet Swan of Avon: Did a Woman Write Shakespeare?