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Mary Wroth's Poetry: An Electronic Edition

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10.

Folly would needs make mee a Louer be,
    When I did litle thinke of louing thought;
    Or euer to be tyde, while ſhee told me
    That none can liue, but to theſe bands are brought.

I (ignorant) did grant, and ſo was bought,
    And ſold againe to Louers ſlauery:
    The duty to that vanity once taught,
    Such band is, as wee will not ſeeke to free.

Yet when I well did vnderſtand his might,
    How he inflam'd and forc'd one to affect:
    I loud and ſmarted, counting it delight
    So ſtill to waſte, which Reaſon did reiect.

When Loue came blind-fold, and did challenge me.
Indeed I lou'd, but wanton Boy not hee,
10.

Folly would needs make me a Lover be,
    When I did little think of loving thought;
    Or ever to be tied, while she told me
    That none can live, but to these bands are brought.

I (ignorant) did grant, and so was bought,
    And sold again to Lover's slavery:
    The duty to that vanity once taught,
    Such band is, as we will not seek to free.

Yet when I well did understand his might,
    How he enflamed and forced one to affect:
    I loved and smarted, counting it delight
    So still to waste, which Reason did reject.

When Love came blind-fold, and did challenge me
    Indeed I loved, but wanton Boy, not he.



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