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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F92 - Vnprofitably pleaſing, and vnſound

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11.

Vnprofitably pleaſing, and vnſound
    when heauen gaue liberty to frayle dull earth
    to bringe forth plenty that in ills abound
    wch ripest yett doe bring a ſertaine dearth

A timeles, and vnſeaſonable birth
    planted in ill, in wurſe time springing found,
    wch hemlock like might feed a ſick witts mirthe
    wher vnruld vapors ſwim in endles rounde,

Then ioy wee nott in what wee ought to shun
    wher shady pleaſures showe, butt true borne fires
    ar quite quench'd out, or by poore ashes wunn
    awhile to keepe thoſe coole, and wann deſires

O noe lett loue his glory haue and might
bee giuen to him who triumphs in his right
Crown 11

Unprofitably pleasing, and unsound
    When heaven gave liberty to frail, dull earth
    To bring forth plenty that in ills abound
    Which ripest yet do bring a certain dearth

A timeless, and unseasonable birth
    Planted in ill, in worse time springing found,
    Which hemlock-like* might feed a sick wit's mirth*
    Where unruled vapours swim in endless round,

Then joy we not in what we ought to shun
    Where shady pleasures show, but true-born fires
    Are quite quenched out, or by poor ashes won
    Awhile to keep those cool, and wan desires.

O no, let Love his glory have and might
    Be given to him who triumphs in his right.


Hemlock-like: hemlock is a poisonous plant.
A sick-wit's mirth: a psychologically disturbed person who might find entertainment in suffering; the sick wit may be the product of the vapours, which disturb the body in Renaissance physiology.
11.

Vnprofitably pleaſing, and vnſound.
    When Heauen gaue liberty to fraile dull earth,
    To bringe foorth plenty that in ills abound,
    Which ripeſt, yet doe bring a certaine dearth.

A timeleſſe, and vnſeaſonable birth,
    Planted in ill, in worſe time ſpringing found,
    Which Hemlocke like might feed a ſicke-wits mirth
    Where vnrul'd vapours ſwimme in endleſſe round.

Then ioy we not in what we ought to ſhunne,
    Where ſhady pleaſures ſhew, but true borne fires
    Are quite quench'd out, or by poore aſhes won,
    Awhile to keepe thoſe coole, and wann deſires.

O no, let Loue his glory haue, and might
Be giu'n to him, who triumphs in his right.
Crown 11

Unprofitably pleasing, and unsound
    When heaven gave liberty to frail, dull earth
    To bring forth plenty that in ills abound
    Which ripest yet do bring a certain dearth

A timeless, and unseasonable birth
    Planted in ill, in worse time springing found,
    Which hemlock-like might feed a sick wit's mirth
    Where unruled vapours swim in endless round,

Then joy we not in what we ought to shun
    Where shady pleasures show, but true-born fires
    Are quite quenched out, or by poor ashes won
    Awhile to keep those cool, and wan desires

O no, let Love his glory have and might
    Be given to him who triumphs in his right.



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