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


The faithful Lover wisheth all Evil may befall him if he forsake his Lady

THE KNOT which first my heart did strain,

When that your servant I became,

Doth bind me still for to remain,

Always your own as now I am;

And if you find that I do feign,

With just judgment myself I damn,

To have disdain.

If other thought in me do grow

But still to love you steadfastly;

If that the proof do not well shew

That I am yours assuredly;

Let ev’ry wealth turn me to woe,

And you to be continually

My chiefest foe.

If other love, or new request,

Do seize my heart, but only this;

Or if within my wearied breast

Be hid one thought that means amiss,

I do desire that mine unrest

May still increase, and I to miss

That I love best.

If in my love there be one spot

Of false deceit or doubleness;

Or if I mind to slip this knot

By want of faith or steadfastness;

Let all my service be forgot,

And when I would have chief redress,

Esteem me not.

But if that I consume in pain

Of burning sighs and fervent love;

And daily seek none other gain,

But with my deed these words to prove;

Me think of right I should obtain

That ye would mind for to remove

Your great disdain.

And for the end of this my song,

Unto your hands I do submit

My deadly grief, and pains so strong

Which in my heart be firmly shut,

And when ye list, redress my wrong:

Since well ye know this painful fit

Hath last too long.