For the soft Joys of Love no longer last

Untitled. A brief song.

Primary Text:

1693 Wright, 31.
For the soft Joys of Love no longer last,
When once the fatal Yea our Lips has past;
Then we begin to court and to comply,
[Oft?] we only Rule, while we deny.


The play is dedicated to and intended to please Heneage and Anne's nephew, Charles Finch, who probably supplied the two songs which are presented as interludes of wisdom or rare beauty in the action; the first, sung by Clerimont, is said to be by a lady ("Love, thou art best of Human Joys"); the second, sung by the heroine, Mariana (whose name resembles that of Anne's heroine in The Triumphs of Love and Innocence which she might still have been working on at this time); it is very like Finch's other songs in sentiment and prosody.
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