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Wroth Poem - F28 - Sweetest loue returne againe

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Song 4.

Sweetest loue returne againe
    make nott to long stay.
killing mirthe, and forceing paine
    ſorrow leading way:
lett vs nott thus parted bee
loue, and abſence ne're agree;

Butt ſince you must needs depart,
    and mee haples leaue,
in your iourney take my hart
    wch will nott deſeaue
yors itt is, to you itt flyes
ioying in thoſe loued eyes,

Soe in part, wee shall nott part
    though wee abſent bee;
time, nor place, nor greatest ſmart
    shall my bands make free
ty'de I ame, yett thinke itt gaine;
in ſuch knotts I feele noe paine.

Butt can I liue hauing lost
    chiefest part of mee
hart is fled, and ſight is crost
    theſe my fortunes bee
yett deere hart goe, ſoone returne
as good there, as heere to burne
Song 4.

Sweetest love return again
    Make not too long stay.
    Killing mirth, and forcing pain
    Sorrow leading way:
    Let us not thus parted be
    Love, and absence ne'er agree;

But since you must needs* depart,
    And me hapless leave,
    In your journey take my heart
    Which will not deceive
    Yours it is, to you it flies
    Joying in those loved eyes,

So in part, we shall not part
    Though we absent be;
    Time, nor place, nor greatest smart
    Shall my bands make free
    Tied I am, yet think it gain;
    In such knots I feel no pain.

But can I live having lost
    Chiefest part of me
    Heart is fled, and sight is crossed
    These my fortunes be
    Yet dear heart go, soon return
    As good there, as here to burn.


Roberts [P28] notes similarities between this song and Donne's 'Sweetest Love I do not go/For weariness of thee'. Indeed it could be read as an answer to Donne's rationalisation of his departure, spoken by the woman left behind.

'needs' = 'now' in P.
Song. 4.

Sweeteſt Loue returne againe,
    Make not too long ſtay;
Killing mirth and forcing paine;
    Sorrow leading way:
Let vs not thus parted be,
Loue, and abſence nere agree.

But ſince you muſt needs depart,
    And me hapleſſe leaue;
In your iourney take my heart,
    Which will not deceiue:
Yours it is, to you it flies,
Ioying in thoſe loued eyes.

So in part we ſhall not part,
    Though we abſent be,
Tyme, nor place, nor greateſt ſmart,
    Shall my bands make free:
Tyed I am, yet thinke it gaine,
In ſuch knots I feele no paine.

But can I liue, hauing loſt
    Chiefeſt part of me?
Heart is fled, and ſight is croſt,
    Theſe my fortunes be:
Yet deare heart goe, ſoone returne,
As good there as heere to burne.
Song 4.

Sweetest love return again
    Make not too long stay.
    Killing mirth, and forcing pain
    Sorrow leading way:
    Let us not thus parted be
    Love, and absence ne'er agree;

But since you must now depart,
    And me hapless leave,
    In your journey take my heart
    Which will not deceive
    Yours it is, to you it flies
    Joying in those loved eyes,

So in part, we shall not part
    Though we absent be;
    Time, nor place, nor greatest smart
    Shall my bands make free
    Tied I am, yet think it gain;
    In such knots I feel no pain.

But can I live having lost
    Chiefest part of me
    Heart is fled, and sight is crossed
    These my fortunes be
    Yet dear heart go, soon return
    As good there, as here to burn.



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