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Mistress Fitton

SONNET NO. 150

 


      0, from what power hast thou this powerful might,
      With insufficiency my heart to sway,
      To make me give the lie to my true sight,
      And swear that brightness does not grace the day?
      Whence hast thou this becoming of things ill,
      That in the very refuse of thy deeds,
      There is such strength and warrantise of skill,
      That in my mind thy worst all best exceeds?
      Who taught thee how to make me love thee more,
      The more I hear and see just cause of hate,
      0, though I love what others do abhor,
      With others thou shouldst not abhor my state,
      If thy unworthiness raised love in me,
      More worthy I to be beloved of thee.


  Here Bacon asks Mistress Fitton from where did she get
this mighty power (the power to do anything she wished to do
without question) to sway his heart and make him lie about
his true feelings, where did she get this power to do evil
things with such strength and skill that in his mind her worst
act exceeded her good ones-asks who taught her to make Bacon
love her because Bacon had just cause to hate her-that though
Bacon loved what other men hated that she should not hate
Bacon's state and that if her unworthiness raised love in him
he was more worthy to be loved by her.

2nd Line.   With insufficiency-in spite of your defects.

4th Line.   And swear etc.-to swear that black is white and
            that you are lovely.

5th Line.   " Becoming of things ill."   See Anthony and
                   Cleopatra, Act 2, Scene 2. " Vilest things become
                   themselves in her."

7th Line.   Warrantise of skill-pledge of power.

13th Line.  -i.e. you should love the unworthy as I do in loving you.

 

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