A Song, by Marina, sung by someone told to "lett your musick soften, what's too harsh"
MS Folger, 91
1903 Reynolds prints Folger text, 294-5.
This and the above interlude-like songs are pieces of pastoral melancholy, filled with a disillusion one might expect from a young lady-in-waiting to a queen at the basically amoral Stuart; they were perhaps written at the time of her earlier songs and then inserted into this play in appropriate places. They continue the same perspective on love that we find in the other songs of the early period. Love is not an emotion which exists apart from competition, triumph, shame, and exploitation.
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