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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Odes
Deserted by his Mistress, he renounceth all Joy for ever
 
  HEART oppress’d with desperate thought,
Is forced ever to lament;
Which now in me so far hath wrought,
That needs to it I must consent:
Wherefore all joy I do refuse,        5
And cruel will thereof accuse.
  If cruel will had not been guide,
Despair in me had [found] no place;
For my true meaning she well espied;
Yet for all that would give no grace;        10
Wherefore all joy I do refuse,
And cruel will thereof accuse.
  She might well see, and yet would not:
And may daily, if that she will;
How painful is my hapless lot;        15
Joined with despair me for to spill;
Wherefore all joy I do refuse,
And cruel will thereof accuse.
 
 
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