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Wroth Poem - F76 - The springing time of my first louing

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Song .

The springing time of my first louing
finds yett noe winter of remouing
nor frost to make my hopes decreaſe
butt wt the ſommer still increaſe

The trees may teach vs loues remaining,
who ſuffer chang wth little paining
though winter make theyr leaues decreaſe
yett wth the ſommer they increaſe

As Birds by ſilence show theyr mourning
in colde, yett ſing att springs returning
ſoe may loue nipt awhile decreaſe
butt as the ſommer ſoone increaſe

Thoſe that doe loue butt for a ſeaſon
doe faulcefy both loue, and reaſon,
for reaſon wills if loue decreaſe
itt like the ſommer should increaſe

Though loue ſome times may bee mistaken
the truth yett ought nott to bee shaken,
or though the heate awhile decreaſe
itt wth the ſommer may increaſe

And ſince the spring time of my louing
found neuer winter of remouing
nor frost to make my hopes decreaſe
shall as the ſommer still increaſe

Song 'The springing time'

The springing time of my first loving
    Finds yet no Winter of removing
    Nor frost* to make my hopes decrease
    But with the Summer still increase.

The trees may teach us love's remaining,
    Who suffer change with little paining
    Though Winter make their leaves decrease
    Yet with the Summer they increase.

As birds by silence show their mourning
    In cold, yet sing at Spring's returning
    So may love nipped awhile decrease
    But as the Summer soon increase.

Those that do love but for a season
    Do falsify both love, and reason,
    For reason wills if love decrease
    It like the Summer should increase.

Though love sometimes may be mistaken
    The truth yet ought not to be shaken,
    Or though the heat awhile decrease
    It with the Summer may increase.

And since the Springtime of my loving
    Found never Winter of removing
    Nor frost* to make my hopes decrease
    Shall as the Summer still increase.


'frost' = 'frosts in P.
'frost' = 'frosts' in P.
Song.

The Spring time of my firſt louing,
    Finds yet no winter of remouing;
Nor froſts to make my hopes decreaſe:
    But with the Summer ſtill increaſe.

The trees may teach vs Loue's remaining,
    Who ſuffer change with little paining:
Though Winter make their leaues decreaſe,
    Yet with the Summer they increaſe.

As birds by ſilence ſhew their mourning
    in cold, yet ſing at Springs returning:
So may Loue nipt a while decreaſe,
    but as the Summer ſoone increaſe.

Thoſe that doe loue but for a ſeaſon,
    Doe falſifie both Loue and Reaſon:
For Reaſon wills, if Loue decreaſe,
    It like the Summer ſhould increaſe.

Though Loue ſometimes may be miſtaken,
    the truth yet ought not to be ſhaken:
Or though the heate a while decreaſe,
    It with the Summer may increaſe.

And ſince the Spring time of my louing
    Found neuer Winter of remouing:
Nor froſts to make my hopes decreaſe,
    Shall as the Summer ſtill increaſe.
Song 'The Spring Time'

The Spring* time of my first loving
    Finds yet no Winter of removing
    Nor frosts to make my hopes decrease
    But with the summer still increase.

The trees may teach us love's remaining,
    Who suffer change with little paining
    Though Winter make their leaves decrease
    Yet with the Summer they increase.

As birds by silence show their mourning
    In cold, yet sing at Spring's returning
    So may love nipped awhile decrease
    But as the Summer soon increase.

Those that do love but for a season
    Do falsify both love, and reason,
    For reason wills if love decrease
    It like the Summer should increase.

Though love sometimes may be mistaken
    The truth yet ought not to be shaken,
    Or though the heat awhile decrease
    It with the Summer may increase.

And since the springtime of my loving
    Found never Winter of removing
    Nor frosts to make my hopes decrease
    Shall as the Summer still increase.


'spring': hand corrected by Wroth to 'springing' in the annotated Kohler copy of Urania.


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