Perswade me not, there is a grace


A Song

Primary Texts:

MS's: F-H 283, 58*; Folger, 30.

Secondary Eds:

1713 Misc, 268; rpt of 1713: 1903 Reynolds, 130; rpt of 1903 Reynolds: 1930 Fausset, 60-1.


1724 The Hive I, 112.


rpt of 1713/1903: 1905 Tutin, 31.


Speaker a male this time. He asserts he prefers Miranda's face to Silvia's voice and lute, no matter how "stirred" he feels while "with Art [Silvia] plays and sings." Has supremely witty amorous quality of Shakespeare's sonnet on the virginals (128: "How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st"): he "standing by" will "Impute the Music of the Strings,/And all the melting Words apply" to Miranda.
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