My glass shall
not persuade me I am old,
So long as youth and thou are of one date,
For when in thee times furrows I
Then look I death my days should expiate,
For all that beauty that doth cover thee
Is but the seemly raiment of my heart,
Which in thy breast doth live as thine in me,
How can I then be elder than thou art?
0, therefore love, be of yourself so wary,
As I not for myself but for thee will,
Bearing thy heart , which I will keep so
As tender nurse her babe from fairing ill,
Presume not on thy heart when mine is slain,
Thou gavest me thine not to give back again.
Note the repetition of the following words, we
thee, thee, my heart, thy heart, thy heart.
Here Bacon tells Marguerite that as long as youth and
are of the same age his looking-glass will not persuade him
he is getting old but that death would carry him off before
became old (time's furrows in her brow). That her
is a garment that covers his heart which lives in her breast as
heart lives in his, so that he cannot be older than she is.
tells her to take care of herself (be wary-cautious) as he
not for himself but for her as he bears her heart which he
also keep carefully (so chary) like a nurse keeping her child
from ill. He tells her to presume not (not rely on or take
granted) her heart when his heart is dead because she gave him
her heart to keep and not to give it back again.