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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F56 - Lett griefe as farr bee from your deerest brest

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Sonett;

Lett griefe as farr bee from your deerest brest
    as I doe wish, or in my hands to eaſe;
    then showld itt bannist bee, and ſweetest rest
    bee plac'ed to giue content by loue to pleaſe,

Lett thoſe diſdaines wch on your hart doe ſeaze
    doubly returne to bring her ſoules vnreſt,
    ſince true loue will nott that beelou'd displeaſe
    or lett least ſmart to theyr minds bee adrest,

Butt often times mistakings bee in loue,
    bee they as farr from faulce accuſing right,
    and still truthe gouerne, wth a constant might,
    ſoe shall you only wished pleaſures proue,

And as for mee, she that showes you least ſcorne
wth all despite, and hate bee her hart torne ;

Sonnet ('Let Grief')

Let grief as far be from your dearest breast
    As I do wish, or in my hands to ease,
    Then should it banished be and sweetest rest,
    Be placed to give content by love to please,

Let those disdains which on your heart do seize
    Doubly return to bring her soul's unrest,
    Since true love will not that beloved displease
    Or let least smart to their minds be addressed,

But often times mistakings be in love,
    Be they as far from false accusing right,
    And still truth govern with a constant might.
    So shall you only wished pleasures prove.

And as for me, she that shows you least scorn,
    With all despite and hate be her heart torn.


This sonnet, which begins a new sequence, takes a sombre and perhaps more personal tone.
Sonnet.

Let griefe as farre be from your deareſt breaſt
    As I doe wiſh, or in my hands to eaſe;
Then ſhould it baniſh'd be, and ſweeteſt reſt
    Be plac'd to giue content by Loue to pleaſe.

Let thoſe diſdaines which on your heart doe ceaze,
    Doubly returne to bring her ſoules vnreſt:
Since true loue will not that belou'd diſpleaſe;
    Or let leaſt ſmart to their minds be addrest.

But oftentimes mistakings be in loue.
    Be they as farre from falſe accuſing right,
And ſtill truth gouerne with a constant might
    So ſhall you only wiſhed pleaſures proue.

And as for me, ſhe that shewes you leaſt ſcorne,
With all deſpite and hate, be her heart torne.
Sonnet ('Let Grief')

Let grief as far be from your dearest breast
    As I do wish, or in my hands to ease,
    Then should it banished be and sweetest rest,
    Be placed to give content by love to please,

Let those disdains which on your heart do seize
    Doubly return to bring her soul's unrest,
    Since true love will not that beloved displease
    Or let least smart to their minds be addressed,

But often times mistakings be in love,
    Be they as far from false accusing right,
    And still truth govern with a constant might.
    So shall you only wished pleasures prove.

And as for me, she that shows you least scorn,
    With all despite and hate be her heart torn.



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