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

Songs and Sonnets

Of Love, Fortune, and the Lover’s Mind

LOVE, Fortune, and my mind which do remember

Eke that is now, and that, that once hath ben,

Torment my heart so sore, that very often

I hate and envy them beyond all measure.

Love slayeth mine heart, while Fortune is depriver

Of all my comfort; the foolish mind then

Burneth and plaineth, as one that very seldome

Liveth in rest. So still in displeasure

My pleasant days they fleet and pass;

And daily doth mine ill change to the worse:

While more than half is run now of my course.

Alas, not of steel, but of brittle glass,

I see that from my hand falleth my trust,

And all my thoughts are dashed into dust.