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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F25 - Cupid would needs make mee a louer bee

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22.

Cupid would needs make mee a louer bee
    when I did litle thinke of louing thought
    or euer to bee ty'de; till hee told mee
    that non can liue, butt to his bands are brought;

I, ignorant, did grant, and ſoe was bought,
    and ſolde againe to louers slauerie;
    the duty to the god of loue once taught
    ſuch band is, as wee will nott ſeeke to free,

Yett when I well did vnderstand his might
    how hee inflam'de, and forc'd one to affect
    I lou'd, and ſmarted, counting itt delight
    ſoe still to wast, which reaſon did reiect,

When loue came blindfold, and did chaleng mee
Indeed I lou'd butt wanton boy nott hee.
22.

Cupid would needs make me a lover be
    When I did little think of loving thought
    Or ever to be tied; till he told me
    That none can live, but to his bands are brought;

I, ignorant, did grant, and so was bought,
    And sold again to lover's slavery;
    The duty to the god of love once taught
    Such band is, as we will not seek to free,

Yet when I well did understand his might
    How he enflamed, and forced one to* affect
    I loved, and smarted, counting it delight
    So still to waste, which reason did reject,

When love came blindfold, and did challenge me.
    Indeed I loved but, wanton boy, not he.


Not in P.

In this meditation on Cupid's power, Pamphilia seems especially torn between resistance and submission.
'forced one to': written over words which are crossed out and illegible.



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