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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F64 - Fairest, and still truest eyes

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Song

Fairest, and still truest eyes
can you the lights bee, and the spies
        of my deſires?
Can you shine cleere for loues delight,
and yett the breeders bee of spite,
        and iealous fires?

Mark what lookes doe you beehold,
ſuch as by iealouſie are told
        they want your loue:
See how they sparcle in distrust
wch by a heat of thoughts vniust
        in them doe moue;

Learne to guide your courſe by art
chang your eyes into your hart,
        and patient bee
Till fruitles iealouſie giues leaue
by ſafest abſence to receaue
        what you would ſee;

Then lett loue his triumph haue,
and ſuspition ſuch a graue
        as nott to moue,
While wished freedome brings that bliſs
that you inioy what all ioy is
        happy to loue;

Song ('Fairest, and still truest eyes')

Fairest, and still truest eyes
    Can you the lights be, and the spies
    Of my desires?
    Can you shine clear for love's delight,
    And yet the breeders be of spite,
    And jealous fires?

Mark what looks do you behold,
    Such as by jealousy are told
    They want your love:
    See how they sparkle in distrust
    Which by a heat of thoughts unjust
    In them do move;

Learn to guide your course by art
    Change your eyes into your heart,
    And patient be
    Till fruitless jealousy gives* leave
    By safest absence to receive
    What you would see;

Then let love his triumph have,
    And suspicion such a grave
    As not to move,
    While wished freedom brings that bliss
    That you enjoy what all joy is
    Happy to love.


'gives': = 'give' in P.
Song.




Faireſt and ſtill trueſt eyes,
Can you the lights be, and the ſpies
    Of my deſires?
Can you ſhine cleare for Loues delight,
And yet the breeders be of ſpight,
    And Iealous fires?

Marke what lookes doe you behold,
Such as by Iealouſie are told
    They want your Loue.
See how they ſparckle in diſtruſt,
Which by a heate of thoughts vniuſt
    In them doe mooue.

Learne to guide your courſe by Art,
Change your eyes into your heart,
    And patient be:
Till fruitleſſe Ielouſie giue leaue,
By ſafest abſence to receiue
    What you would ſee.

Then let Loue his triumph haue,
And Suſpition ſuch a graue,
    As not to mooue.
While wiſhed freedome brings that bliſſe
That you enioy what all ioy is
    Happy to Loue.
Song ('Fairest, and still truest eyes')

Fairest, and still truest eyes
    Can you the lights be, and the spies
    Of my desires?
    Can you shine clear for love's delight,
    And yet the breeders be of spite,
    And jealous fires?

Mark what looks do you behold,
    Such as by jealousy are told
    They want your love:
    See how they sparkle in distrust
    Which by a heat of thoughts unjust
    In them do move;

Learn to guide your course by art
    Change your eyes into your heart,
    And patient be
    Till fruitless jealousy give leave
    By safest absence to receive
    What you would see;

Then let love his triumph have,
    And suspicion such a grave
    As not to move,
    While wished freedom brings that bliss
    That you enjoy what all joy is
    Happy to love.



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