Global Utilities

Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F90 - Butt wher they may returne wt honors grace

Folger Image Folger Transcription Folger Modernisation PA Transcription PA Modernisation Urania Transcription Urania Modernisation
F90 F90mod P85 P85mod

9.

Butt wher they may returne wt honors grace
    wher Venus follyes can noe harbour win
    butt chaſed ar as worthles of the face
    or stile of loue who hath laſiuiouſe bin

Oure harts ar ſubiects to her ſunn; wher ſinn
    neuer did dwell, nor rest one minutes space
    what faults hee hath, in her did still begin,
    and from her brest hee ſuckd his fleeting pace,

if lust bee counted loue t'is faulcely nam'd
    by wikednes a fayrer gloſs to ſett
    vpon that Vice, wch els makes men asham'd
    in the owne fraſe to warrant butt begett

This childe for loue, who ought like monster borne
bee from the court of Love, and reaſon torne;
Crown 9

But where they may return with honour's grace
    Where Venus' follies can no harbour win,
    But chased, are as worthless of the face
    Or style of love, who hath lascivious been.

Our hearts are subjects* to her son;* where sin
    Never did dwell, nor* rest one minute's space
    What faults he hath, in her did still begin,
    And from her breast he sucked his fleeting pace.

If lust be counted love, 'tis falsely named
    By wickedness a fairer gloss to set
    Upon that Vice, which else makes men ashamed
    In the own phrase to warrant,* but beget

This child for love, who ought like monster born
    Be from the court of Love, and reason torn.


'subjects' = 'subject' in P.
Son: 'sunn' in MS, punning perhaps on son/sun; 'son' in P.
'nor' = 'or' in P.

In the own phrase to warrant: this stanza as a whole argues that if lust is made to equal love it is falsely and wickedly named so in order to make that vice (ie lust) seem less bad, which otherwise would make men ashamed to in the one phrase (or perhaps in its own phrase) join the two things together, and therefore bring forth as a child of love a monster that should, as a product of lust, be removed from Love's court.
9.

Bvt where they may returne with Honor's grace,
    Where Venus follies can no harbour winne,
    But chaſed are, as worthleſſe of the face,
    Or ſtile of Loue, who hath laſciuious beene.

Our hearts are ſubiect to her Sonne, where ſinne
    Neuer did dwell, or reſt one minutes ſpace;
    What faults he hath in her did ſtill beginne,
    And from her breaſt he ſuck'd his fleeting pace.

If Luſt be counted Loue, 'tis falſely nam'd,
    By wickedneſſe, a fairer gloſſe to ſet
    Vpon that Vice, which elſe makes men aſham'd,
    In the owne Phraſe to warrant, but beget

This Childe for Loue, who ought like Monſter borne,
Be from the Court of Loue, and Reaſon torne.
Crown 9

But where they may return with honour's grace
    Where Venus' follies can no harbour win,
    But chased, are as worthless of the face
    Or style of love, who hath lascivious been.

Our hearts are subject to her son; where sin
    Never did dwell, or rest one minute's space
    What faults he hath, in her did still begin,
    And from her breast he sucked his fleeting pace.

If lust be counted love, 'tis falsely named
    By wickedness a fairer gloss to set
    Upon that Vice, which else makes men ashamed
    In the own phrase to warrant, but beget

This child for love, who ought like monster born
    Be from the court of Love, and reason torn.



Content Approved by: Paul Salzman
Page maintained by: Gayle Allan
Page last generated: 15/06/2012 10:11:28