The Poetical Works by Sir Thomas Wyatt
Th’ uneasy life I lead doth teach me for to mete / The floods, the seas, the lands, the hills, that doth them intermete / ’Tween me, and those shene lights that wonted for to clear / My darked pangs of cloudy thoughts, as bright as Phœbus’ sphere.
Complaint of the Absence of his Love, ll. 37–40.
Sir Thomas

The Poetical Works by Sir Thomas Wyatt

Sir Thomas Wyatt

One hundred ninety selections from the Henrician courtier and herald of the sonnet in English.

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Songs and Sonnets
The Lover for shamefastness hideth his Desire within his faithful Heart
The Lover waxeth wiser, and will not die for Affection
The abused Lover seeth his Folly and intendeth to trust no more
The Lover describeth his being stricken with sight of his Love
The wavering Lover willeth, and dreadeth, to move his Desire
The Lover having dreamed enjoying of his Love, complaineth that the Dream is not either longer or truer
The Lover unhappy biddeth happy Lovers rejoice in May, while he waileth that Month to him most unlucky
The Lover confesseth him in Love with Phyllis
Of others’ feigned Sorrow, and the Lover’s feigned Mirth
Of change in Mind
How the Lover perisheth in his Delight as the Fly in the Fire
Against his Tongue that failed to utter his Suits
Description of the contrarious Passions in a Lover
The Lover compareth his State to a Ship in perilous Storm tossed on the Sea
Of doubtful Love
The Lover abused renounceth Love
To his Lady, cruel over her yielding Lover
How unpossible it is to find quiet in Love
Of Love, Fortune, and the Lover’s Mind
The Lover prayeth his offered Heart to be received
The Lover’s Life compared to the Alps
Charging of his Love as unpiteous and loving other
The Lover forsaketh his unkind Love
The Lover describeth his restless State
The Lover laments the Death of his Love
A renouncing of Love
The Lover despairing to attain unto his Lady’s Grace relinquisheth the pursuit
The deserted Lover consoleth himself with remembrance that all Women are by nature fickle
That Hope unsatisfied is to the Lover’s Heart as a prolonged Death
He prayeth his Lady to be true, for no one can restrain a willing Mind
The deserted Lover wisheth that his Rival might experience the same Fortune he himself had tasted
Request to Cupid for Revenge of his unkind Love
Complaint for true Love unrequited
The Lover sendeth Sighs to move his Suit
The Lover seeking for his lost Heart prayeth that it may be kindly entreated by whomsoever found
He determineth to cease to Love
Of the Folly of loving when the Season of Love is past
The abused Lover resolveth to forget his unkind Mistress
The absent Lover persuadeth himself that his Mistress will not have the power to forsake him
The recured Lover renounceth his fickle Mistress for her Newfangleness
The Lover complaineth the unkindness of his Love
The Lover rejoiceth the enjoying of his Love
The Lover sheweth how he is forsaken of such as he sometime enjoyed
The Lover to his Bed, with describing of his unquiet State
The Lover complaineth that his Love doth not pity him
The Lover complaineth himself forsaken
A renouncing of hardly escaped Love
The Lover taught, mistrusteth Allurements
The Lover rejoiceth against Fortune that by hindering his suit had happily made him forsake his Folly
The Lover’s sorrowful State maketh him write sorrowful Songs, but such his Love may change the same
The Lover sendeth his Complaints and Tears to sue for Grace
The Lover’s Case cannot be hidden however he dissemble
The Lover prayeth not to be disdained, refused, mistrusted, nor forsaken
The Lover lamenteth his Estate with suit for Grace
The Lover waileth his changed Joys
To his Love that hath given him answer of refusal
The Lover describeth his being taken with sight of his Love
The Lover excuseth him of Words, wherewith he was unjustly charged
The Lover curseth the Time when first he fell in Love
The Lover determineth to serve faithfully
To his unkind Love
The Lover complaineth his Estate
Whether Liberty by loss of Life, or Life in Prison and thraldom be to be preferred
He ruleth not though he reign over Realms, that is subject to his own Lusts
The faithful Lover giveth to his Mistress his Heart as his best and only Treasure
A Description of the Sorrow of true Lovers’ parting
The neglected Lover calleth on his stony hearted Mistress to hear him complain ere that he die
He rejoiceth the obtaining the Favour of the Mistress of his Heart
The Lover prayeth Venus to conduct him to the desired Haven
The Lover praiseth the Beauty of his Lady’s Hand
That the Eye bewrayeth alway the secret Affections of the Heart
The Lover complaineth that Faith may not avail without the Favour of Fantasy
That too much Confidence sometimes disappointeth Hope
The Lover bemoaneth his unhappiness that he cannot obtain Grace, yet cannot cease loving
The mournful Lover to his Heart with Complaint that it will not break
The Lover renounces his cruel Love for ever
A Complaint of his Lady’s Cruelty
Of the Contrary Affections of the Lover
That right cannot govern Fancy
That true Love availeth not when Fortune list to frown
The deceived Lover sueth only for Liberty
The Lover calleth on his Lute to help him bemoan his hapless Fate
That the Power of Love is such he worketh Impossibilities
That the Life of the unregarded Lover is worse than Death
The Lover who cannot prevail must needs have Patience
When Fortune smiles not, only Patience comforteth
That Patience alone can heal the Wound inflicted by Adversity
The Lover, hopeless of greater Happiness, contenteth himself with only Pity
That Time, Humbleness, and Prayer, can soften every thing save his Lady’s Heart
That Unkindness hath slain his poor true Heart
The dying Lover complaineth that his Mistress regardeth not his Sufferings
The careful Lover complaineth, and the happy Lover counselleth
The Lover having broken his Bondage, voweth never more to be enthralled
The abused Lover, admonishes the unwary to beware of Love
A Reproof to such as slander Love
Despair counselleth the deserted Lover to end his Woes by Death, but Reason bringeth Comfort
The Lover’s Lute cannot be blamed though it sing of his Lady’s Unkindness
The neglected Lover calleth on his Pen to record the ungentle Behaviour of his unkind Mistress
That Caution should be used in Love
An earnest Request to his cruel Mistress either to pity him or let him die
The abused Lover reproacheth his false Mistress of Dissimulation
He bewails his hard Fate that though beloved of his Mistress he still lives in pain
A Complaint of the Falseness of Love
The Lover sueth that his Service may be accepted
Of the Pains and Sorrows caused by Love
The Lover recounteth the variable Fancy of his fickle Mistress
The abused Lover bewails the time that ever his Eye beheld her to whom he had given his faithful Heart
An earnest Suit to his unkind Mistress not to forsake him
He remembereth the Promise his Lady once gave him of Affection, and comforteth himself with Hope
That all his Joy dependeth on his Lady’s Favour
He promiseth to remain faithful whatever Fortune betide
The faithful Lover wisheth all Evil may befall him if he forsake his Lady
Of Fortune, Love, and Fantasy
Deserted by his Mistress, he renounceth all Joy for ever
That no Words may express the crafty Trains of Love
That the Power of Love excuseth the Folly of loving
The doubtful Lover resolveth to be assured whether he is to live in joy or woe
Of the extreme Torment endured by the unhappy Lover
He biddeth farewell to his unkind Mistress
He repenteth that he had ever loved
The Lover beseecheth his Mistress not to forget his steadfast Faith and true Intent
He bewails the Pain he endures when banished from the Mistress of his Heart
He compares his Sufferings to those of Tantalus
That nothing may assuage his Pain save only his Lady’s Favour
The Lover prayeth that his long Sufferings may at length find Recompense
He describeth the ceaseless Torments of Love
That the Season of Enjoyment is short, and should not pass by neglected
That the Pain he endured should not make him cease from loving
The Complaint of a deserted Lover
That Faith is dead, and true Love disregarded
The Lover complaineth that his faithful Heart and true Meaning had never met with just Reward
The forsaken Lover consoleth himself with remembrance of past Happiness
He complaineth to his Heart that having once recovered his Freedom he had again become thrall to Love
He professeth Indifference
He rejoiceth that he had broken the Snares of Love
The Lover prayeth that his Lady’s Heart might be inflamed with equal Affection
The disdainful Lady refusing to hear her Lover’s Suit, he resolveth to forsake her
The absent Lover findeth all his Pains redoubled
He seeketh Comfort in Patience
Of the Power of Love over the yielden Lover
He lamenteth that he had ever Cause to doubt his Lady’s Faith
The recured Lover exulteth in his Freedom, and voweth to remain free until Death
Wyatt’s Complaint upon Love to Reason, with Love’s Answer
Complaint of the Absence of his Love
The Song of Iopas, unfinished
Songs and Epigrams
A description of such a one as he would love
Why Love is blind
The Lover blameth his instant Desire
Against Hoarders of Money
Description of a Gun
Of the Mother that eat her Child at the Siege of Jerusalem
To his Love whom he had kissed against her Will
Of the jealous Man that loved the same Woman, and espied this other sitting with her
To his Love from whom he had her Gloves
The Lover complaineth that deadly Sickness cannot help his Affection
Of the feigned Friend
Comparison of Love to a Stream falling from the Alps
Of his Love that pricked her Finger with a Needle
Of the same
The Lover that fled Love now follows it with his Harm
The Lover compareth his Heart to the overcharged Gun
How by a Kiss he found both his Life and Death
To his Lover to look upon him
Of disappointed Purpose by Negligence
Of his Return from Spain
Wyatt being in Prison, to Bryan
Of such as had forsaken him
The Lover hopeth of better Chance
That Pleasure is mixed with every Pain
The Courtier’s Life
Of the mean and sure Estate
The Lover suspected of Change prayeth that it be not believed against him
Of dissembling Words
Of sudden trusting
The Lady to Answer directly with Yea or Nay
The Lover professeth himself constant
The Lover blameth his Love for renting of the Letter he sent her
The Lover complaineth and his Lady comforteth
The Lover suspected blameth ill Tongues
Of his Love called Anna
A Riddle of a Gift given by a Lady
That speaking or proffering brings alway speeding
T. Wyatt of Love
Of the mean and sure Estate, written to John Poins
Of the Courtier’s Life, written to John Poins
How to use the Court and himself therein, written to Sir Francis Brian
Penitential Psalms
An Epitaph of Sir Thomas Gravener, Knight
Sir Antonie Sentleger of Sir T. Wyatt