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First Line: Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show
Last Line: "fool,"" said my muse to me, ""look in thy heart, and write."
Variant Title(s): "loving In Truth;""loving In Truth, And Faine In Verse My Love To Show,"";
Subject(s): Love; Poetry & Poets; Thought; Thinking


Loving in truth, and fain in verse my love to show,
That she, dear she, might take some pleasure of my pain, -
Pleasure might cause her read, reading might make her know,
Knowledge might pity win, and pity grace obtain, -
I sought fit words to paint the blackest face of woe;
Studying inventions fine, her wits to entertain,
Oft turning others' leaves, see if thence would flow
Some fresh and fruitful showers upon my sun-burned brain.
But words came halting forth, wanting Invention's stay;
Invention, Nature's child, fled step-dame Study's blows;
And others' feet still seemed but stangers in my way.
Thus, great with child to speak, and helpless in my throes,
Biting my truant pen, beating myself for spite;
"Fool," said my Muse to me, "look in thy heart, and write."




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