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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F85 - And bee in his braue court a gloriouſe light

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4.

And bee in his braue court a gloriouſe light,
    shine in the eyes of faith, and constancie,
    maintaine the fires of loue still burning bright
    nott slightly sparkling butt light flaming bee

Neuer to ſlack till earth noe stars can ſee,
    till ſunn, and Moone doe leaue to vs dark night,
    and ſecound Chaoſe once againe doe free
    vs, and the world from all deuiſions spite,

Till then, affections wch his followers are
    gouerne our harts, and proue his powers gaine
to taste this pleaſing sting ſeek wt all care
    for hapy ſmarting is itt wth ſmale paine,
ſuch as although, itt pierce your tender hart
and burne, yett burning you will loue the ſmart;
Crown 4

And be in his brave court a glorious light,
    Shine in the eyes of faith, and constancy,
    Maintain the fires of love still burning bright
    Not slightly sparkling but light flaming be.

Never to slack till earth no stars can see,
    Till sun, and moon do leave to us dark night,
    And second chaos* once again do free
    Us and the world from all division's spite,

Till then, affections which his followers are
    Govern our hearts, and prove his power's gain
    To taste this pleasing sting seek with all care
    For happy smarting is it with small pain,

Such as although it pierce your tender heart
    And burn, yet burning you will love the smart.


'Second chaos': this stanza describes the apocalypse and the collapse of the material world into primeval chaos.
4.

And be in his braue Court a glorious light
    Shine in the eyes of Faith, and Conſtancy
    Maintaine the fires of Loue, ſtill burning bright,
    Not ſlightly ſparkling, but light flaming be.

Neuer to ſlake till earth no Starres can ſee,
    Till Sun, and Moone doe leaue to vs darke night,
    And ſecond Chaos once againe doe free
    Vs, and the World from all diuiſions ſpight.

Till then affections which his followers are,
    Gouerne our hearts, and prooue his powers gaine,
    To taſte this pleaſing ſting, ſeeke with all care
    For happy ſmarting is it with ſmall paine.

Such as although it pierce your tender heart,
And burne, yet burning you will loue the ſmart.
Crown 4

And be in his brave court a glorious light,
    Shine in the eyes of faith, and constancy,
    Maintain the fires of love still burning bright
    Not slightly sparkling but light flaming be.

Never to slack till earth no stars can see,
    Till sun, and moon do leave to us dark night,
    And second chaos once again do free
    Us and the world from all division's spite,

Till then, affections which his followers are
    Govern our hearts, and prove his power's gain
    To taste this pleasing sting seek with all care
    For happy smarting is it with small pain,

Such as although it pierce your tender heart
    And burn, yet burning you will love the smart.



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