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Wroth Poem - F116 - How did I find my paines extreamest anguish

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How did I find my paines extreamest anguish
    wth restles care my ſoules eternall languish
    torments in lyfe increaſing greatest anguish
    vnquiet sleep wch made my ſences languish,

Till hope apeer'd wch ſomwhat help'd my anguish
    and gaue new lyfe wch ending was wt languish
    breath to deſire, and help to forgon anguish
    baulmes to cares wounds, and cures to bitter languish

Butt O! I now doe find hope proues my anguish
    faulse in itt ſelf to mee brings cruell languish
    had I nere hop'd, I might haue borne my anguish
    at least wth leſser torment felt my languish

Now rebell hope I ſee thy ſmiles are anguish
Father, and children butt of endles languish;
Sonnet unnumbered 4 ('How did I find my paine's')

How did* I find my pain's* extremest anguish
    With restless care my soul's* eternal languish,
    Torments in life increasing greatest* anguish
    Unquiet sleep* which made* my senses' languish,

Till hope appeared* which somewhat helped* my anguish
    And gave new* life which ending was with languish*
    Breath to desire, and help* to foregone anguish,
    Balms to care's* wounds, and cures to bitter languish.*

But O! I now do find* hope proves my* anguish,
    False in itself, to me brings cruel languish,
    Had I ne'er hoped,* I might have borne* my anguish
    At least with lesser torment* felt my languish.*

Now* rebel hope I see thy smiles are anguish,
    Father and children* but of endless* languish.


This sonnet is extensively revised to fit the singer, and in U becomes a song sung by Philarchos, who is overheard by Nereana (fols. 166-7).

'did' = 'do' in U.
'pain's = 'soul's' in U.
'souls' = 'heart's' in U.
'greatest' = 'still with' in U.
'sleep' = 'sleeps' in U.
'made' = 'breed' in U.
'Till hope appeared' = 'Hope yet appears' in U.
'helped' = 'helps' in U.
'gave new' = 'lends a spark of' in U.
'which ending was with languish' = to salve this languish' in U.
'help' = 'ease' in U.
'to care's' = 'but not cures' in U.
'wounds and cures to bitter languish' = to bitter tasting languish' in U.
'But O! I now do find' = 'Yet straight I feel' in U.
'my' = 'but greater' in U.
'had I ne'er hoped' = 'could I not hope' in U.
'might have borne' = 'suffer might' in U.
'torment' = 'torture' in U.
'felt my languish' = 'smart and languish' in U.
'Now' = 'For' in U.
'father and children' = 'both prince and subject' in U.
'but of endless' = of e'erlasting' in U.

How doe I finde my ſoules extreameſt anguiſh,
    With reſtleſſe care my harts eternall languiſh?
Torments in life, increaſing ſtill with anguiſh,
    Vnquiet ſleepes which breed my ſenſes languiſh.
Hope yet appeares, which ſomewhat helpes my anguiſh,
    And lends a ſparke of life to ſalue this languiſh:
Breath to deſire, and eaſe to forgone anguiſh,
    Balmes, but not cures, to bitter taſting languiſh.
Yet ſtrait I feele, hope proues but greater anguiſh,
    Falſe in it ſelfe, to me brings cruell languiſh.
Could I not hope, I ſuffer might my anguiſh
At leaſt with leſſer torture ſmart and languiſh.
For (Rebell hope) I ſee thy ſmiles are anguiſh
    Both Prince, and ſubiect , of e'relaſting languiſh.

Sonnet Unnumbered 2 ('How do I find my soul's)

How do I find my soul's extremest anguish
    With restless care my heart's eternal languish,
    Torments in life increasing still with anguish
    Unquiet sleeps which breed my senses' languish,

Hope yet appears which somewhat helps my anguish
    And lends a spark of life to salve this languish,
    Breath to desire, and ease to foregone anguish
    Balms but not cures to bitter tasting languish.

Yet straight I feel hope proves but greater anguish,
    False in itself, to me brings cruel languish,
    Could I not hope I suffer might my anguish
    At least with lesser torture smart and languish.

For rebel hope I see thy smiles are anguish,
    Both prince and subject of e'erlasting languish.


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