"Think'st Thou to Seduce Me Then"by
1Think'st thou to seduce me then with words that have no meaning?
our speech by pieces gleaning: i.e., picking up bits and pieces of what they hear us say.
2Parrots so can learn to prate, our speech by pieces gleaning:
3Nurses teach their children so about the time of weaning.
4Learn to speak first, then to woo: to wooing much pertaineth:
5He that courts us, wanting art, soon falters when he feigneth,
Looks ... complaineth: i.e., takes a side glance at his script and smiles apologetically while he is describing the pains of his unrequited love.
6Looks asquint on his discourse and smiles when he complaineth.
7Skilful anglers hide their hooks, fit baits for every season;
8But with crooked pins fish thou, as babes do that want reason:
Gudgeons: small fish used as bait to catch better fish.
9Gudgeons only can be caught with such poor tricks of treason.
Ruth ... compassion: Pity forgive me if I strayed from the compassion that should be in every human heart.
10Ruth forgive me if I erred from human heart's compassion,
11When I laughed sometimes too much to see thy foolish fashion:
12But alas, who less could do that found so good occasion?