Those pretty wrongs
that liberty commits,
When I am sometime
absent from thy heart Thy beauty
and thy years full well befits,
temptation follows where thou art.
Gentle thou art and
therefore to be won,
art and therefore to be assailed,
But when a woman woes,
what woman's son,
Will sourly leave her
till he have prevailed.
Ay me but yet thou
might'st my fear forbear,
And chide thy
beauty and thy straying youth, Who lead thee in
their riot even there,
Where thou art forced
to break a twofold truth,
Hers by thy
beauty tempting her to thee,
Thine by thy
beauty being false to me.
Note the repetition of
certain words, we find-thy beauty,
thy beauty, thy beauty, thy beauty, woman, woman, thou art,
thou art, thou art.
Note lines 5 and 6 and compare with 1 Henry VI, Act 5,
"She's beautiful and therefore to be woo'd,
She's a woman-therefore to be won."
This sonnet is addressed by Bacon to Mistress Fitton where
he tells her the petty wrongs that liberty (freedom from
restraint) commits (becomes guilty of) when he is away from her.
Her beauty and her years (youth) full well befits
buttemptation(enticement to evil) follows her wherever she
is. He tells her that she is gentle and therefore to be won,
beautiful and therefore likely to be assailed (attacked) that when
a woman woes (grieves) no man would leave her till he had
prevailed (gained the victory) that she might forbear (avoid
voluntarily) his fear and chide (rebuke) her beauty and her
straying (wandering away from control) youth which led her in
their riot (debauchery) everywhere and that she was forced to
break a two-fold truth, temptation and falsehood.