Mary Wroth

(1587-1651 / England)

Biography of Mary Wroth

Lady Mary Wroth (1587–1651/3) was an English poet of the Renaissance. A member of a distinguished literary English family, Wroth was among the first female British writers to have achieved an enduring reputation. She is perhaps best known for having written The Countesse of Mountgomeries Urania, the first extant prose romance by an English woman, and for Pamphilia to Amphilanthus, the first known sonnet sequence by an English woman.

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Deare famish not what you your selfe gave food,
Destroy not what your glory is to save:
Kill not that soule to which you spirit gave,
In pitty, not disdaine, your triumph stood.
An easie thing it is to shed the bloud
Of one who at your will yeelds to the grave:
But more you may true worth by mercy crave,
When you preserve, not spoyle, but nourish good.
Your sight is all the food I doe desire,

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