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Wroth Poem - F46 - Itt is nott loue which you poore fooles do deeme

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40.

Itt is nott loue which you poore fooles do deeme
    that doth apeare by fond, and outward showes
    of kiſsing, toying, or by ſwearings gloſe
    o noe thes farr are of from loues esteeme;

Alas thes ar nott them that can redeeme
    loue lost, or wining keepe thoſe choſen blowes
    though oft wt face, and lookes loue ouerthrowſe
    yett ſoe ſlight conquest doth nott him beeſeeme,

'T'is nott a showe of ſighes, or teares can proue
    who loues indeed: which blasts of fained loue
    increaſe, or dy as fauors from them slide;

Butt in the ſoule true loue in ſafety lies
    guarded by faith wch to deſart still hies,
    and yett true lookes doe many bleſsing hide
40.

It is not love which you poor fools do deem
    That doth appear by fond and outward shows
    Of kissing, toying, or by swearing's gloze.*
    O no, these far are off* from love's esteem;

Alas, these* are not them* that can redeem
    Love lost, or winning, keep those chosen blows
    Though oft with face and looks love overthrows
    Yet so slight conquest doth not him beseem,

'T'is not a show of sighs, or tears can prove
    Who loves indeed: which blasts of feigned love
    Increase, or die as favours from them slide;

But in the soul true love in safety lies
    Guarded by faith which to desert still hies,
    And yet true* looks do many blessing* hide.


The difference between 'true' love and those who protest they love again has its seeds in AS; this is another paradox: that the expression of love is generally insincere, but this is couched within a poetic expression of love. (It is particularly appropriate that Wroth's careful revision, especially of the last line, improves that point.)

'gloze': deceitful flattery.
'are off' = 'are far off' in P.
'these' = 'they' in P.
'them' = 'such' in P.
'true' = 'kind' in P.
'blessing' = 'blessings' in P.
40.

It is not Loue which you poore fooles doe deeme,
    That doth appeare by fond and outward ſhowes,
    Of kiſſing, toying, or by ſwearings gloze:
    O no, theſe are farre off from loues eſteeme.

Alas, they are not ſuch that can redeeme
    Loue loſt, or winning keepe thoſe choſen blowes:
    Though oft with face and lookes loue ouerthrowes;
    Yet ſo ſlight conqueſt doth not him beſeeme.

'Tis not a ſhew of ſighes or teares can proue
    Who loues indeed, which blaſts of faigned loue,
    Increaſe or dye, as fauours from them ſlide.

But in the ſoule true loue in ſafety lies
    Guarded by faith, which to deſert ſtill hies:
    And yet kinde lookes do many bleſſings hide.
40.

It is not love which you poor fools do deem
    That doth appear by fond and outward shows
    Of kissing, toying, or by swearing's gloze.
    O no, these far are off from love's esteem;

Alas, they are not such that can redeem
    Love lost, or winning, keep those chosen blows
    Though oft with face and looks love overthrows
    Yet so slight conquest doth not him beseem,

'T'is not a show of sighs, or tears can prove
    Who loves indeed: which blasts of feigned love
    Increase, or die as favours from them slide;

But in the soul true love in safety lies
    Guarded by faith which to desert still hies,
    And yet kind looks do many blessings hide.



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