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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Odes
The doubtful Lover resolveth to be assured whether he is to live in joy or woe
 
  LO! how I seek and sue to have
That no man hath, and may be had;
There is [no] more but sink or save,
And bring this doubt to good or bad.
To live in sorrows always sad,        5
I like not so to linger forth;
Hap evil or good I shall be glad
To take that comes, as well in worth.
  Should I sustain this great distress,
Still wandering forth thus to and fro,        10
In dreadful hope to hold my peace,
And feed myself with secret woe?
Nay! nay! certain, I will not so!
But sure I shall myself apply
To put in proof this doubt to know,        15
And rid this danger readily.
  I shall assay by secret suit
To shew the mind of mine intent;
And my deserts shall give such fruit
As with my heart my words be meant;        20
So by the proof of this consent
Soon out of doubt I shall be sure,
For to rejoice, or to repent,
In joy, or pain for to endure.
 
 
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