Shakespeare's Sonnets: Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch

Sonnet 143

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): i2v.
2One of her feathered creatures broke away,
3Sets down her babe, and makes all swift dispatch
4In pursuit of the thing she would have stay,
6Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent
7To follow that which flies before her face,
8Not prizing her poor infant's discontent,
9So run'st thou after that which flies from thee,
10Whil'st I, thy babe, chase thee afar behind.
11But if thou catch thy hope, turn back to me
12And play the mother's part, kiss me, be kind.
13    So will I pray that thou may'st have thy Will,


1] careful] worrying. Back to Line
5] holds her in chase] continues to chase her. Back to Line
14] still] put an end to. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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