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Mistress Fitton

SONNET NO. 143

 

 
     Lo, as a carefull housewife runs to catch
     One of her feather'd creatures broke away,
     Sets down her babe and makes all swift dispatch,
     In pursuit of the thing she would have stay:
     Whilst her neglected child holds her in chase,
     Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent,
     To follow that which flies before her face:
     Not prizing her poor infant's discontent;
     So runn'st thou after that which flies from thee,
     Whilst I thy babe chase thee afar behind,
     But if thou catch thy hope-turn back to me:
     And play the mother's part, kiss me, be kind,
     So will I pray that thou mayst have thy will
     If thou turn back and my loud crying still.

 


Note the repetitions of the following words, we find-her,
her, her, her, her, her, her, thou, thou, thou, thou, thou, catch,
catch, catch, babe, babe.

I cannot find that any critic has ever offered any explanation
of the meaning of this sonnet.    All they can say is that its
authenticity has been questioned.  By whom?

This sonnet appears to be connected with Sonnets Nos. 133
and 134.   It seems that Herbert has escaped from Mistress
Fitton who tries to get him back, deserting Bacon, who asks
her to come back again when she has caught Herbert and be
kind again to Bacon,

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