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Wroth Poem - F103 - You bleſsed starrs wch doe heauns glory show

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You bleſsed starrs wch doe heauns glory show,
    and att your brightnes makes our eyes admire
    yett enuy nott if I on earth beelow
    inioy a ſight wch moues in mee more fire;

I doe confeſs ſuch beauty breeds deſire,
    you shine, and cleerest light on vs beestow,
    yett doth a ſight on earth more warmth inspire
    into my louing ſoule, his force to knowe;

Cleere, bright, and shining as you are, is this
    light of my ioye, fixt stedfast nor will moue
    his light from mee, nor I chang from his loue,
    butt still increaſe as th'eith of all my bliſs

His ſight giues lyfe vnto my loue=rulde eyes
my loue content beecauſe in his, loue lies;


Crown sonnet 2.2 ('You blessed stars')

You blessed stars which do Heaven's glory show,
    And at your brightness makes our eyes admire
    Yet envy not if* I on earth below
    Enjoy a sight which moves in me more fire;

I do confess such beauty breeds desire,
    You shine, and clearest light on us bestow,
    Yet doth a sight on earth more warmth inspire
    Into my loving soul, his force* to know;

Clear, bright, and shining as you are, is this
    Light of my joy, fixed steadfast, nor will move
    His light from me, nor I change from his love,
    But still increase as th'height* of all my bliss.

His sight gives* life unto my love-ruled eyes,
    My love content because in his, love lies.


Moved to become sonnet 41 in P (fol. 24). [P47]

Pritchard notes a parallel with RS sonnet 1:

    You purest stars, whose never-dying fires
    Deck heavenly spheres and rule the world below,
    Grudge not if I in your clear beauties know
    The fair maid's eyes, the stars of my desires.

    To earthly hearts your light which not expires
    Makes known the matchless place wherein you go;
    And they the mind which through them shines do show,
    Whose clearest beams my soul as heaven admires.

    You shine still one, and alter not your race
    At suit of those which most your lights adore,
    For well you know you shine for heaven's grace,

    And they in whom all eyes on earth are blest,
    Though than the heavenly lights I love them more,
    Shine to the world and me but with the rest.

Also some similarity to Greville, Caelica 4 (which may well derive from RS):

    You little stars that live in skies/And glory in Apollo's glory'.

'if' = 'though' in P.
'force' = 'grace' in P.
th'height: Wroth's 'th'eith' in F = 'th'earth' in P: clearly a misunderstanding.
'gives' = 'give' in P.
41.

You bleſſed Starres, which doe Heauen's glory ſhow,
    And at your brightneſſe make our eyes admire:
    Yet enuy not, though I on earth below,
    Inioy a ſight which moues in me more fire.

I doe confeſſe ſuch beauty breeds deſire
    You ſhine, and cleareſt light on vs beſtow:
    Yet doth a ſight on Earth more warmth inſpire
    Into my louing ſoule his grace to know.

Cleare, bright, and ſhining, as you are, is this
    Light of my ioy: fix't ſtedfaſt, nor will moue
    His light from me, nor I change from his loue;
    But ſtill increaſe as th'earth of all my bliſſe.

His ſight giue life vnto my loue-rould eye,
My loue content, becauſe in his loue lies.
41.

You blessed stars which do heaven's glory show,
    And at your brightness makes our eyes admire
    Yet envy not though I on earth below
    Enjoy a sight which moves in me more fire;

I do confess such beauty breeds desire,
    You shine, and clearest light on us bestow,
    Yet doth a sight on earth more warmth inspire
    Into my loving soul, his grace to know;

Clear, bright, and shining as you are, is this
    Light of my joy, fixed steadfast nor will move
    His light from me, nor I change from his love,
    But still increase as th'earth* of all my bliss.

His sight give life unto my love-ruled eyes
    My love content because in his, love lies.


'th'earth': a transcription error for F's 'th'eith' = th'height.


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