Ad rivalem,cui uxor curae non erat.
- 1Foole if to keepe thy wife thou hast no neede,
- 2Keepe her for me, my more desire to breede.
- 3Wee skorne things lawfull,stolne sweetes we affect,
- 4Cruell is he, that loves whom none protect.
- 5Let us both lovers hope, and feare a like,
- 6And may repulse place for our wishes strike.
- 7What should I do with fortune that nere failes me?
- 8Nothing I love, that at all times availes me.
- 9Wily Corinna sawe this blemish in me,
- 10And craftily knowes by what meanes to winne me.
- pg 59Critical Apparatus11Ah often, that her hale head aked, she lying,
- 12Wild me, whose slowe feete sought delay be flying.
- Editor’s Note13Ah oft how much she might she feignd offence;
- 14And doing wrong made shew of innocence.
- 15So having vext she nourisht my warme fire,
- 16And was againe most apt to my desire.
- Critical Apparatus17To please me, what faire termes and sweet words ha's shee,
- 18Great gods what kisses, and how many gave she?
- 19Thou also that late tookest mine eyes away,
- Editor’s Note20Oft couzen me, oft being wooed say nay.
- Critical Apparatus21And on thy threshold let me lie dispred,
- 22Suffring much cold by hoary nights frost bred.
- 23So shall my love continue many yeares,
- 24This doth delight me this my courage cheares.
- 25Fat love, and too much fulsome me annoyes,
- 26Even as sweete meate a glutted stomacke cloyes.
- Editor’s Note27In brazen tower had not Danae dwelt,
- 28A mothers joy by Jove she had not felt.
- Editor’s Note29While Juno Io keepes when homes she wore,
- 30Jove liked her better then he did before.
- 31Who covets lawfull things takes leaves from woods,
- 32And drinkes stolne waters in surrownding floudes.
- 33Her lover let her mocke, that long will raigne,
- 34Aye me, let not my warnings cause my paine.
- 35What ever haps, by suffrance harme is done,
- 36What flies, I followe, what followes me I shunne.
- 37But thou of thy faire damsell too secure,
- 38Beginne to shut thy house at evening sure.
- 39Search at the dore who knocks oft in the darke,
- 40In nights deepe silence why the ban-dogges barke.
- 41Whether the subtile maide lines bringes and carries,
- 42Why she alone in empty bed oft tarries.
- 43Let this care some-times bite thee to the quick,
- 44That to deceits it may me forward pricke.
- 45To steale sands from the shore he loves alife,
- Editor’s Note46That can effect a foolish wittalls wife.
- 47Now I forewarne,unlesse to keepe her stronger,
- 48Thou doest beginne, she shall be mine no longer.
- 49Long have I borne much, hoping time would beate thee
- 50To guard her well, that well I might entreate thee.
- pg 6051Thou suffrest what no husband can endure,
- 52But of my love it will an end procure.
- 53Shall I poore soule be never interdicted?
- 54Nor never with nights sharpe revenge afflicted?
- 55In sleeping shall I fearelesse drawe my breath?
- 56Wilt nothing do, why I should wish thy death?
- 57Can I but loath a husband growne a baude?
- 58By thy default thou does our joyes defraude.
- 59Some other seeke that may in patience strive with thee,
- 60To pleasure me, for-bid me to corive with thee.
II. xix 11 hale] haole
13–14 Ah oft … innocence] Ah quoties finxit culpam: quantumque licebat, | Insontis speciem praebuit ipsa nocens; modern texts, a, quotiens finxit culpam, quantumque licebat | insonti, speciem praebuit esse nocens.
17 shee,] ⁓‸
20 Oft couzen me] Saepe face insidias; modern texts have time for face.
21 threshold] thre-shold
27 Danae] The daughter of Acrisius and Eurydice, she was locked in a brazen tower when her father heard that her son would put him to death. Jove disguised himself as a shower of gold, entered the tower, and made Danae pregnant with Perseus. Cf. also III. vii. 29–34.
29 Io] Because of Juno's jealousy, Jupiter turned his mistress Io into a heifer.
46 effect] amare; 'effect' is a variant form of 'affect' (see OED v. 2).