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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The Lover laments the Death of his Love
 
THE PILLAR perish’d is whereto I leant,
The strongest stay of mine unquiet mind;
The like of it no man again can find,
From east to west still seeking though he went,
To mine unhap. For hap away hath rent        5
Of all my joy the very bark and rind:
And I, alas, by chance am thus assign’d
Daily to mourn, till death do it relent.
But since that thus it is by destiny,
What can I more but have a woful heart;        10
My pen in plaint, my voice in careful cry,
My mind in woe, my body full of smart;
  And I myself, myself always to hate,
  Till dreadful death do ease by doleful state.
 
 
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