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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

Wroth Poem - F105 - When I beeheld the Image of my deere

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When I beeheld the Image of my deere
    wth greedy lookes mine eyes would that way bend,
    fear, and deſire did inwardly contend
    feare to bee mark'd, deſire to drawe still neere,

And in my ſoule a speritt wowld apeer,
    wch boldnes waranted, and did pretend
    to bee my genius, yett I durst nott lend
    my eyes in trust wher others seemd ſoe cleere,

Then did I ſearch from whence this danger 'roſe,
    if ſuch vnworthynes in mee did rest
    as my steru'd eyes must nott[transcription_note: nott has been added. Paul may want to note this.] wth ſight bee blest;
    when iealouſie her poyſon did diſcloſe;

Yett in my hart vnſeene of iealous eye
the truer Image shall in triumph lye;

Crown sonnet 2.4 ('When I beheld')

When I beheld the image of my dear
    With greedy looks mine eyes would that way bend,
    Fear and desire did inwardly contend:
    Fear to be marked, desire to draw still near.

And in my soul a spirit would appear,
    Which boldness warranted, and did pretend
    To be my genius, yet I durst not lend
    My eyes in trust where others seemed so clear.

Then did I search from whence this danger 'rose,
    If such unworthiness in me did rest
    As my starved eyes must not with sight be blest;
    When jealousy her poison did disclose;

Yet in my heart unseen of jealous eye
    The truer image shall in triumph lie.

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When I beheld the Image of my deare,
    With greedy lookes mine eies would that way bend,
    Feare, and Deſire, did inwardly contend;
    Feare to be mark'd, Deſire to draw ſtill neere.

And in my ſoule a Spirit would appeare,
    Which boldnes waranted, and did pretend
    To be my Genius; yet I durſt not lend,
    My eyes in truſt, where others ſeem'd ſo cleare.

Then did I ſearch, from whence this danger roſe,
    If ſuch vnworthyneſſe in me did reſt,
    As my ſtaru'd eyes muſt not with ſight be bleſt,
    When Iealouſie her poyſon did diſcloſe.

Yet in my heart vnſeene of Iealous eye,
The truer Image ſhall in tryumph lye.
Crown sonnet 2. 4 ('When I beheld')

When I beheld the image of my dear
    With greedy looks mine eyes would that way bend,
    Fear and desire did inwardly contend:
    Fear to be marked, desire to draw still near.

And in my soul a spirit would appear,
    Which boldness warranted, and did pretend
    To be my genius, yet I durst not lend
    My eyes in trust where others seemed so clear.

Then did I search from whence this danger 'rose,
    If such unworthiness in me did rest
    As my starved eyes must not with sight be blest;
    When jealousy her poison did disclose;

Yet in my heart unseen of jealous eye
    The truer image shall in triumph lie.



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