Pamphilia to Amphilanthus
by Lady Mary Wroth
FALSE hope, which feeds but to destroy, and spill
What it first breeds, unnatural to the birth
Of thine own womb; conceiving but to kill,
And plenty gives to make the greater dearth,
So Tyrants do who falsely ruling earth
Outwardly grace them, and with profits fill
Advance those who appointed are to death
To make their greater fall to please their will.
Thus shadow they their wicked vile intent
Coloring evil with a show of good
While in fair shows their malice so is spent;
Hope kills the heart, and tyrants shed the
For hope deluding brings us to the pride
Of our desires the farther down to slide.
The Norton Anthology of English Literature, 6th ed.,
New York: W. W. Norton & Company, 1993. 1690.
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