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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42). The Poetical Works. 1880.


A renouncing of hardly escaped Love

FAREWELL the heart of cruelty;

Though that with pain my liberty

Dear have I bought, and wofully

Finish’d my fearful tragedy.

Of force I must forsake such pleasure;

A good cause just, since I endure

Thereby my woe, which be ye sure,

Shall therewith go me to recure.

I fare as one escap’d that fleeth,

Glad he is gone, and yet still feareth

Spied to be caught, and so dreadeth

That he for nought his pain leseth.

In joyful pain, rejoice my heart,

Thus to sustain of each a part.

Let not this song from thee astart,

Welcome among my pleasant smart.