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Wroth Poem - F84 - His flames ar ioyes, his bands true louers might

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His flames ar ioyes, his bands true louers might,
    noe staine is ther butt pure, as purest white,
    wher noe clowde can apeere to dim his light,
    nor spott defile, butt shame will ſoone requite,

Heere are affections, tri'de by loues iuſt might
    as gold by fire, and black deſernd by white,
    Error by truthe, and darknes knowne by light,
    wher faith is vallwed for loue to requite,

Pleaſe him, and ſerue him, glory in his might,
    and firme hee'll bee, as innoſencye white,
    cleere as th'ayre, warme as ſunn beames, as day light,
    iust as truth, constant as fate, ioy'd to requite,

Then loue obay, striue to obſerue his might,
and bee in his braue court a glorious light;
Crown 3

His flames are joys, his bands true lovers' might,
    No stain is there, but pure, as purest white,
    Where no cloud can appear to dim his light,
    Nor spot defile, but shame will soon requite,

Here are affections tried* by love's just might
    As gold by fire, and black discerned by white,
    Error by truth, and darkness known by light,
    Where faith is valued for love to requite,

Please him, and serve him, glory in his might,
    And firm he'll be, as innocency white,
    Clear as th'air, warm as sunbeams,* as daylight,
    Just as truth, constant as fate, joyed to requite,

Then love obey, strive to observe his might,
    And be in his brave court a glorious light.


As Roberts [P79] notes, at this point in the crown sequence Love is not the boyish Cupid of many of the earlier sonnets, but a powerful monarch who must be obeyed, or if resisted, still exerts considerable power.

'are affections tried': Wroth emends from 'affections are tried'.
'sunbeams' = 'sun's beams' in P.
3.

His flames are ioyes, his bandes true Louers might,
    No ſtaine is there, but pure, as pureſt white,
    Where no cloud can appeare to dimme his light,
    Nor ſpot defile, but ſhame will ſoon requite.

Heere are affections tryde by Loues iuſt might
    As Gold by fire, and black diſcern'd by white;
    Error by truth, and darknes knowne by light,
    Where Faith is vallu'd, for Loue to requite.

Pleaſe him, and ſerue him, glory in his might
    And firme hee'le be, as Innocency white,
    Cleere as th'ayre, warme as Sun's beames, as day light
    Iuſt as Truth, conſtant as Fate, ioyd to requite.

Then Loue obey, ſtriue to obſerue his might
And be in his braue Court a glorious light.
Crown 3

His flames are joys, his bands true lovers' might,
    No stain is there, but pure, as purest white,
    Where no cloud can appear to dim his light,
    Nor spot defile, but shame will soon requite,

Here are affections tried by love's just might
    As gold by fire, and black discerned by white,
    Error by truth, and darkness known by light,
    Where faith is valued for love to requite,

Please him, and serve him, glory in his might,
    And firm he'll be, as innocency white,
    Clear as th'air, warm as sun's beams, as daylight,
    Just as truth, constant as fate, joyed to requite,

Then love obey, strive to observe his might,
    And be in his brave court a glorious light.



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