Is it thy will
thy image should keep open, My heavy eyelids
to the weary night? Dost thou desire
my slumbers should be broken, While
shadows like to thee do mock my
sight, Is it thy
spirit that thou send'st from thee So far from home
into my deeds to pry To find out
shames and idle hours in me The scope and
tenure of thy jealousy? 0 no!
Thy love, though much is not so great: It is my love
that keeps mine eye awake, Mine own true
love that doth my rest defeat, To play the
watchman ever for thy sake, For thee watch I,
whilst thou dost wake elsewhere, From me far off,
with others all too near.
Note the repetition of the following~thy will,
thy image, thy spirit, thy jealousy, thy love,
7th Line. Idle hours-to see how badly I spend my
time. 11th Line. Defeat-destroy. 12th Line. Play the watchman-keep awake.
Here Bacon asks Marguerite if she wishes that her
image prevent him from sleeping? That his slumbers should
be broken by her mocking him when he is awake and can
see-that she sends her spirit far away to find out what he is
doing because she is jealous.
He answers these questions by saying that it is
not her love for him but his love for her that keeps him awake. That
he is prevented from resting as his love is watching over her for
her own sake and her
behaviour with other men, she being elsewhere and far away from