Pamphilia means "all-loving." She loves him wholeheartedly.
We'll call her Pam for short.
Amphilanthus means "loving 2." He runs around on her. We'll call him Phil.
2-3 "did my senses hire / From knowledge of myself" = sleep makes us lose consciousness.
13-14"one heart flaming more than all the restLove (Venus & Cupid) conquers her. When Virgil wrote "omnia vincit Amor" ("love conquers all") (Eclogues 10. 69), he did not mean that love overcomes all the obstacles in our way. He meant that love conquers all of us. Love conquers Pam most of all.
The goddess held, and put it to my breast.
"Dear son, now shut," said she: "thus must we win."
She hoped it was only a dream, but she has been in love ever since. Passion has conquered reason in her
We again see the theme that love has conquered her. Apollonius of Rhodes coined the term "Love the Destroyer." Pam sees her love for Phil in these terms.11-14
She declares herself free from love (11-12) only to discover that she is still its prisoner (13-14).
This is a simile comparing false hope in love to false tyrants who advance certain favorites only to kill them in the end. Such a fate was not uncommon. Those who lived by royal favor could die by royal disfavor.
1 She is lost in a labyrinth (a maze) & doesn't know where to turn.
2 She is confronted with many paths (ways), but doesn't know the right one (way).
3-8 She runs through the possibilities: forward, left, right, back, stand still. None seem valid options.
13-14 The answer is to take the thread of love. Theseus
went into the Labyrinth in Crete, killed the Minotaur that lived in it,
and found his way out by following the string Ariadne had given him, which
he had unrolled on the way in. Ariadne gave him the string because
she loved him. He took her away in his boat & left her stranded
on a deserted island. So much for happy endings.