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Wroth Poem - F79 - Beeing past the paines of loue

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Song.

Beeing past the paines of loue
freedome gladly ſeekes to moue,
ſays that loues delights were pritty
butt to dwell in them 't'were pitty,

And yett truly ſays that loue
must of force in all harts moue
butt though his delights are pritty
to dwell in them were a pitty.

Lett loue slightly pas like loue
neuer lett itt to deepe moue
for though loues delights are pritty
to dwell in them were great pitty;

Loue noe pitty hath of loue
rather griefes then pleaſures moue,
ſoe though his delights are pritty
to dwell in them would bee pitty

Thoſe that like the ſmart of loue
in them lett it freely moue
els though his delights are pritty
doe nott dwell in them for pitty:
Song ('Being past the pains of love')

Being past the pains of love
    Freedom gladly seeks to move,
    Says that love's delights were pretty
    But to dwell in them 'twere pity,

And yet truly says that love
    Must of force in all hearts move
    But though his delights are pretty
    To dwell in* them were a pity.

Let love slightly pass like love
    Never let it too deep move
    For though love's delights are pretty
    To dwell in them were great pity;

Love no pity hath of love
    Rather griefs than pleasures move,
    So though his delights are pretty
    To dwell in them would be pity.

Those that like the smart of love
    In them let it freely move
    Else though his delights are pretty
    Do not dwell in them for pity.


This clever lyric uses a variation of repeated lines similar in some ways to what has been termed a kyrielle, but with more variation.

'in' = 'on' in P.
Beeing paſt the paines of Loue,
Freedome gladly ſeekes to moue:
Sayes that Loues delights were pretty;
But to dwell in them twere pitty.

And yet truly ſayes, that Loue
Must of force in all hearts moue:
But though his delights are pretty,
To dwell on them were a pitty.

Let Loue ſlightly paſſe like Loue,
Neuer let it too deepe moue:
For thongh Loues delights are pretty,
To dwell in them were great pitty.

Loue no pitty hath of Loue,
Rather griefes then pleaſures moue:
So though his delights are pretty,
To dwell in them would be pitty.

Thoſe that like the ſmart of Loue,
In them let it freely moue:
Els though his delights are pretty,
Doe not dwell in them for pitty.

Song ('Being past the pains of love')

Being past the pains of love
    Freedom gladly seeks to move,
    Says that love's delights were pretty
    But to dwell in them 'twere pity,

And yet truly says that love
    Must of force in all hearts move
    But though his delights are pretty
    To dwell on* them were a pity.

Let love slightly pass like love
    Never let it too deep move
    For though love's delights are pretty
    To dwell in them were great pity;

Love no pity hath of love
    Rather griefs than pleasures move,
    So though his delights are pretty
    To dwell in them would be pity.

Those that like the smart of love
In them let it freely move
Else though his delights are pretty
Do not dwell in them for pity.


'on': this is likely to be a mistake for F's 'in'.


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