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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F19 - Poore Loue in chaines, and fetters, like a thiefe

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.17.

Poore Loue in chaines, and fetters, like a thiefe
    I mett led forthe, as chast Diana's gaine,
    vowing the vntaught Lad should noe reliefe
    from her receaue, who glory'd in fond paine.

She call'd him theife; wt vowes hee did maintaine
    hee neuer stole; butt ſome slight touch of griefe
    had giuen to thoſe who did his powre diſdaine,
    in wch reueng, his honor, was the chiefe:

She ſay'd hee murder'd, and therfor must dy;
    hee, that hee cauſ'd butt loue: did harmes deny
    butt, while she thus diſcourſing wt him stood

The Nimphs vnty'd him, and his chaines tooke of
    thinking him ſafe; butt hee, looſe, made a ſcofe
    ſmiling, and ſcorning them, flew to the wood.
17.

Poor Love in chains, and fetters, like a thief
    I met led forth, as chaste Diana's gain,*
    Vowing the untaught Lad should no relief
    From her receive, who gloried in fond pain.

She called him thief; with vows he did maintain
    He never stole; butt some slight touch* of grief
    Had given to those who did his power disdain,
    In which revenge, his honour, was the chief:

She said he murdered, and therefore must die;
    He, that he caused but love: did harms deny,
    But, while she thus discoursing with him stood

The Nymphs untied him, and his chains took off
    Thinking him safe; butt he, loose, made a scoff
    Smiling, and scorning them, flew to the wood.


Moved to fol. 32 in P as sonnet 8.[P70]

As Roberts [P70] notes, Love personified as a fugitive is common in sonnets that influenced Wroth. For example, AS 8: 'Love, borne in Greece, of late fled from his native place'; in Greville's Caelica 13 Love is captured by 'his foe Absence'.

'chaste Diana's gain': ie Diana, Goddess of chastity and the hunt, has captured Love/Cupid.
Slight touch' = 'sad slight' in P.
8.

Poore Loue in chaines, and fetters like a thiefe
    I met ledd forth, as chaſt Diana's gaine
    Vowing the vntaught Lad ſhould no reliefe
    From her receiue, who gloried in fond paine.

She call'd him thiefe, with vowes he did mainetaine
    He neuer ſtole, but ſome ſadd ſlight of griefe
    Had giuen to thoſe who did his power diſdaine,
    In which reuenge his honour was the chiefe.

Shee ſaid he murther'd and therefore muſt dye,
    He that he cauſ'd but Loue, did harmes deny,
    But while ſhe thus diſcourſing with him ſtood;

The Nymphes vnti'de him and his chaines tooke off,
    Thinking him ſafe; but he (looſe) made a ſcoffe,
    Smiling and ſcorning them, flew to the wood.
Sonnet 8.


Poor Love in chains, and fetters, like a thief
    I met led forth, as chaste Diana's gain,
    Vowing the untaught Lad should no relief
    From her receive, who gloried in fond pain.

She called him thief; with vows he did maintain
    He never stole; butt some sad slight of grief
    Had given to those who did his power disdain,
    In which revenge, his honour, was the chief:

She said he murdered, and therefore must die;
    He, that he caused but love: did harms deny,
    But, while she thus discoursing with him stood

The Nymphs untied him, and his chains took off
    Thinking him safe; but he, loose, made a scoff
    Smiling, and scorning them, flew to the wood.



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