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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F88 - How blest bee they then, who his fauors proue

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How blest bee they then, who his fauors proue
    a lyfe wherof the birth is iust deſire,
    breeding ſweet flames wch hearts inuite to moue
    in thoſe lou'd eyes wch kindles Cupids fire.

And nurſe his longings wt his thoughts intire,
    fixt on the heat of wishes formd by loue,
    yett as wher fire distroys this doth respire,
    increaſe, and foster all delights aboue;

Loue will a painter-make you, ſuch, as you
    shall able bee to drawe your only deere
    more liuely, parfett, lasting, and more true
    then rarest woorkmen, and to you more neere,

Thes be the least, then needs must all confeſs
Hee that shunns loue doth loue him ſelf the leſs
Crown 7

How blest be they then, who his favours prove
    A life whereof the birth is just desire,
    Breeding sweet flames* which hearts invite to move
    In those* loved eyes which kindles* Cupid's fire,

And nurse his longings with his thoughts entire,
    Fixed on the heat of wishes formed by love,
    Yet as where* fire destroys this doth respire,*
    Increase, and foster all delights above;

Love will a painter make you,* such, as you
    Shall able be to draw your only dear
    More lively, perfect, lasting, and more true
    Than rarest workmen,* and to you more near,

These be the least, then needs must all* confess
    He that shuns love doth love himself the less.


'flames' = 'flame' in P.
'those' = 'these' in P.
'kindles' = 'kindle' in P.
'as where' = 'whereas' in P.
'respire' = 'aspire' in P.
A painter make you: while painting is often used as a metaphor in AS, Wroth here has a particularly elaborate image of the lover as 'painter' (ie depicter).
'workmen' = 'workman' in P.
'needs must all' = 'all must needs' in P.
7.

How bleſſ'd be they then, who his fauors proue,
    A life whereof the birth is iuſt deſire?
    Breeding ſweete flame, which harts inuite to moue,
    In theſe lou'd eyes, which kindle Cupids fire,

And nurſe his longings with his thoughts intire,
    Fix't on the heat of wiſhes form'd by Loue,
    Yet whereas fire deſtroyes, this doth aſpire,
    Increaſe, and foſter all delights aboue.

Loue will a Painter make you, ſuch, as you
    Shall able be to draw, your onely deare,
    More liuely, perfect, laſting, and more true
    Then rareſt Workeman, and to you more neere.

Theſe be the leaſt, then all muſt needs confeſſe,
He that ſhuns Loue, doth loue himſelfe the leſſe.
Crown 7

How blest be they then, who his favours prove
    A life whereof the birth is just desire,
    Breeding sweet flame which hearts invite to move
    In these loved eyes which kindle Cupid's fire,

And nurse his longings with his thoughts entire,
    Fixed on the heat of wishes formed by love,
    Yet whereas fire destroys this doth aspire
    Increase, and foster all delights above;

Love will a painter make you, such, as you
    Shall able be to draw your only dear
    More lively, perfect, lasting, and more true
    Than rarest workman, and to you more near,

These be the least, then needs all must confess
    He that shuns love doth love himself the less.



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