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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F78 - Loue a child is euer criing

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Song:

Loue a child is euer criing,
    pleaſe him, and hee straite is flying,
    giue him hee the more is crauing
    neuer ſatiſfi'd wt hauing;

His deſires haue noe meaſure,
    endles folly is his treaſure,
    what hee promiſeth hee breaketh
    trust nott one word that hee speaketh;

Hee vowes nothing butt faulce matter
    and to couſen you hee'l flatter,
    lett him gaine the hand hee'll leaue you,
    and still glory to deſeaue you;

Hee will triumph in your wayling,
    and yett cauſe bee of your fayling,
    thes his vertus ar, and slighter
    ar his guifts, his fauors lighter,

Feathers ar as firme in staying
    woulues noe fiercer in theyr praying
    as a child then leaue him crying
    nor ſeeke him ſoe giu'n to flying


Song ('Love a child is ever crying')

Love a child is, ever crying,
    Please him, and he straight is flying,
    Give him, he the more is craving
    Never satisfied with having;

His desires have no measure,
    Endless folly is his treasure,
    What he promiseth he breaketh
    Trust not one word that he speaketh;

He vows nothing but false matter
    And to cosen you he'll flatter,
    Let him gain the hand he'll leave you,
    And still glory to deceive you;

He will triumph in your wailing,
    And yet cause be of your failing,
    These his virtues are, and slighter
    Are his gifts, his favours lighter,

Feathers are as firm in staying
    Wolves no fiercer in their preying
    As a child then leave him crying
    Nor seek him so given to flying.


The image of love as wayward child is common and relates in part to Cupid. See, for example, AS 11: 'In truth, O Love, with what a boyish kind/Thou doest proceed in thy most serious ways'.
Song.

Loue a childe is euer crying,
Pleaſe him, and he ſtrait is flying;
Giue him, he the more is crauing,
Neuer ſatiſfi'd with hauing.

His deſires haue no meaſure,
Endleſſe folly is his treaſure:
What he promiſeth, he breaketh,
Truſt not one word that he ſpeaketh.

Hee vowes nothing but falſe matter,
And to couſen you hee'l flatter:
Let him gain the hand, hee'l leaue you,
    And ſtill glory to deceiue you.

Hee will triumph in your wailing,
And yet cauſe be of your failing:
Theſe his vertues are, and ſlighter
Are his guifts; his fauours lighter.

Fathers are as firme in ſtaying,
Wolues no fiercer in their praying.
As a childe then leaue him crying,
Nor ſeeke him ſo giu'n to flying.
Song ('Love a child is ever crying')

Love a child is, ever crying,
    Please him, and he straight is flying,
    Give him, he the more is craving
    Never satisfied with having;

His desires have no measure,
    Endless folly is his treasure,
    What he promiseth he breaketh
    Trust not one word that he speaketh;

He vows nothing but false matter
    And to cosen you he'll flatter,
    Let him gain the hand he'll leave you,
    And still glory to deceive you;*

He will triumph in your wailing,
    And yet cause be of your failing,
    These his virtues are, and slighter
    Are his gifts, his favours lighter,

Feathers are as firm in staying
    Wolves no fiercer in their preying
    As a child then leave him crying
    Nor seek him so given to flying.


'you': the indentation of this single line is clearly a mistake; in F all lines except the first in each stanza are indented.


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