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


That Caution should be used in Love

TAKE heed by time, lest ye be spied:

Your loving eyes can it not hide,

At last the truth will sure be tried;

Therefore, take heed!

For some there be of crafty kind,

Though you show no part of your mind,

Surely their eyes can ye not blind;

Therefore, take heed!

For in like case theirselves hath been,

And thought right sure none had them seen,

But it was not as they did ween,

Therefore, take heed!

Although they be of divers schools,

And well can use all crafty tools,

At length they prove themselves but fools.

Therefore, take heed!

If they might take you in that trap,

They would soon leave it in your lap;

To love unspied is but a hap;

Therefore, take heed!