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

Songs and Epigrams

Against Hoarders of Money

FOR shamefast harm of great and hateful need,

In deep despair, as did a wretch go,

With ready cord out of his life to speed,

His stumbling foot did find an hoard, lo,

Of gold, I say, where he prepar’d this deed,

And in exchange he left the cord tho.

He that had hid the gold, and found it not,

Of that he found he shap’d his neck a knot.