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Wroth Poem - F61 - Loue as well can make abiding

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.Song.

Loue as well can make abiding
    in a faythfull sheapheards brest
as in Princeſe whoſe thoughts sliding
    like ſwift riuers neuer rest
chang to theyr minds is best feeding
    to a sheapheard all his care
Who when his loue is exceeding
    thinks his faith his richest fare;

Beauty butt a slight inuiting
    can nott stirr his hart to chang
constancy his chiefe delighting
    striues to fly from phantſies strang
fairnes to him is noe pleaſure
    if in other then his loue
nor can esteeme that a treſure
    wch in her ſmiles doth nott moue:

This a sheapheard once confeſsed
    who lou'd well, butt was nott lou'd
though wth ſcorne, and griefe opreſsed
    could nott yett to chang bee mou'd
butt him ſelf thus hee contented
    While in loue he was accurst
this hard hap hee nott repented
    ſince best louers speed the wurst


Song ('Love as well can make abiding')

Love as well can make abiding
    In a faithful shepherd's breast
    As in princes, whose thoughts sliding
    Like swift rivers never rest,
    Change to their minds is best feeding,
    To a shepherd all his care
    Who when his love is exceeding
    Thinks his faith his richest fare;

Beauty but a slight inviting
    Cannot stir his heart to change
    Constancy his chief delighting
    Strives to fly* from fancies strange,
    Fairness to him is no pleasure
    If in other than his love
    Nor can esteem that a treasure
    Which in her smiles doth not move:

This a shepherd once confessed
    Who loved well, but was not loved
    Though with scorn, and grief oppressed
    Could not yet to change be moved
    But himself thus he* contented
    While in love he was accursed
    This hard hap he not repented
    Since best lovers speed the worst.


This song is changed to quatrains in P. Roberts [P60] notes its similarity to RS Pastoral 9, where the speaker proclaims:

    Thus while the world's fair frame such change approves,
    She will be as false as it be, and as fair:
    Thus from one mischief while another moves,
    I feel the ills which worst cannot impair.

The effect in Mary Wroth is quite different, given that Robert Wroth's shepherd continues the male voice of his sonnets, while for Mary Wroth the male voice contrasts with the speaker of the sonnets and most of the songs.

'fly' = 'flee' in P.
'thus he' = 'he thus' in P.
Song.



Loue as well can make abiding
    In a faithfull Shepheards breſt
As in Princes: whoſe thoughts ſliding
    Like ſwift Riuers neuer reſt.

Change to their minds is best feeding,
    To a Shepheard all his care,
Who when his Loue is exceeding,
    Thinks his faith his richest fare.

Beauty but a ſlight inuiting,
    Cannot ſtirre his heart to change;
Conſtancye his chiefe delighting,
    Striues to flee from fant'ſies ſtrange,

Fairneſſe to him is no pleaſure,
    If in other then his loue;
Nor can eſteeme that a treaſure,
    Which in her ſmiles doth not moue.

This a Shepheard once confeſſed,
    Who lou'd well, but was not lou'd:
Though with ſcorne & griefe oppreſſed
    could not yet to change be mou'd.

But himſelfe he thus contented,
    While in loue he was accurſt:
This hard hap he not repented,
    Since beſt Louers ſpeed the worſt.
Song ('Love as well can make abiding')

Love as well can make abiding
    In a faithful shepherd's breast
    As in princes, whose thoughts sliding
    Like swift rivers never rest,

Change to their minds is best feeding,
    To a shepherd all his care
    Who when his love is exceeding
    Thinks his faith his richest fare;

Beauty but a slight inviting
    Cannot stir his heart to change
    Constancy his chief delighting
    Strives to flee from fancies strange,

Fairness to him is no pleasure
    If in other than his love
    Nor can esteem that a treasure
    Which in her smiles doth not move:

This a shepherd once confessed
    Who loved well, but was not loved
    Though with scorn, and grief oppressed
    Could not yet to change be moved

But himself he thus contented
    While in love he was accursed
    This hard hap he not repented
    Since best lovers speed the worst



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