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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F63 - Who can blame mee if I loue

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Song

Who can blame mee if I loue
ſince loue beefore the world did moue?

When I lou'd nott, I dispaird;
ſcarce for hanſomnes I car'd,
ſince, ſoe much I ame refin'd
as new form'd of state, and mind;
Who can=

Some, in truth of loue beeguil'de
haue him blinde, and childish stil'de,
butt lett non in this perſist
ſince ſoe iudging, iudgment mist;
Who can=

Loue in Chaoſe did appeere,
when nothing was, hee ſeem'd cleere,
nor when light could bee deſeride
to his crowne a light was ty'de;
Who can=

Loue is truth, and doth delight
wher as honor shines most bright,
Reaſons ſelf doth loue aproue
wch makes vs our ſelues to loue;
Who can=

Could I my past time beegi
I would nott committ ſuch ſi
to liue howre, and nott to loue
ſince loue makes vs parfaite proue;
Who can=
Song ('Who can blame me if I love')

Who can blame me if I love
    Since love before the world did move?

When I loved not, I despaired;
    Scarce for handsomeness I cared,
    Since, so much I am refined
    As new formed* of state, and mind;
    Who can=*

Some, in truth of love beguiled
    Have him blind, and childish styled,
    But let none in this persist
    Since so judging, judgment missed;
    Who can=

Love in chaos did appear,
    When nothing was, he* seemed clear,
    Nor when light could be descried
    To his crown a light was tied;
    Who can=

Love is truth, and doth delight
    Whereas honour shines most bright,
    Reason's self doth love approve
    Which makes us ourselves to love;
    Who can=

Could I my past time begin
    I would not commit such sin
    To live hour,* and not to love
    Since love makes us perfect prove;
    Who can=


In Urania this song is sung by a shepherd with the chorus being sung by his companions (Book 1, fols. 144-5). [U14]

'formed' = 'framed' in U.

'Who can =': written out in U as 'Who can blame me', but the abbreviation underlines the fact that this is a song, with song choruses often abbreviated in this way when written/printed: the implication is that the chorus consist of the first two lines: 'Who can blame me if I love/Since love before the world did move.'

'he' = 'yet he' in U.
'hour' = 'an hour' in U.

Who can blame me if I loue?
    Since Loue before the World did moue.
When I loued not, I deſpair'd,
Scarce for handſomeneſſe I car'd;
Since ſo much I am refin'd,
As new fram'd of ſtate, and mind,
    Who can blame me if I loue,
    Since Loue before the World did moue.

Some in truth of Loue beguil'd
    Haue him blinde and Childiſh ſtil'd:
    But let none in theſe perſiſt,
    Since ſo iudging iudgement miſt,
    Who can blame me?

Loue in Chaos did appeare
    When nothing was, yet he ſeemd cleare:
    Nor when light could be deſcride,
    To his crowne a light was tide.
    Who can blame me?

Loue is truth, and doth delight,
    Where as honour ſhines moſt bright:
    Reaſons ſelfe doth loue approue,
    Which makes vs our ſelues to loue.
    Who can blame me?

Could I my paſt time begin,
    I would not commit ſuch ſin
    To liue an houre, and not to loue,
    Since loue makes vs perfect proue,
    Who can blame me?

Song ('Who can blame me if I love')

Who can blame me if I love
    Since love before the world did move?
    When I loved not, I despaired;
    Scarce for handsomeness I cared,
    Since, so much I am refined
    As new framed of state, and mind;
    Who can blame me if I love,
    Since love before the world did move?

Some, in truth of love beguiled
    Have him blind, and childish styled,
    But let none in this persist
    Since so judging, judgment missed;
    Who can blame me?

Love in chaos did appear,
    When nothing was, yet he seemed clear,
    Nor when light could be descried
    To his crown a light was tied;
    Who can blame me?

Love is truth, and doth delight
    Whereas honour shines most bright,
    Reason's self doth love approve
    Which makes us ourselves to love;
    Who can blame me?

Could I my past time begin
    I would not commit such sin
    To live an hour, and not to love
    Since love makes us perfect prove;
    Who can blame me?


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