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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Odes
The Lover determineth to serve faithfully
 
  SINCE Love will needs that I shall love,
Of very force I must agree:
And since no chance may it remove,
In wealth and in adversity,
I shall alway myself apply        5
To serve and suffer patiently.
  Though for good will I find but hate,
And cruelly my life to waste,
And though that still a wretched state
Should pine my days unto the last,        10
Yet I profess it willingly
To serve and suffer patiently.
  For since my heart is bound to serve,
And I not ruler of mine own,
Whatso befall, till that I sterve        15
By proof full well it shall be known,
That I shall still myself apply
To serve and suffer patiently.
  Yea though my grief find no redress,
But still increase before mine eyes,        20
Though my reward be cruelness,
With all the harm hap can devise,
Yet I profess it willingly
To serve and suffer patiently.
  Yea though Fortune her pleasant face        25
Should shew, to set me up aloft,
And straight my wealth for to deface,
Should writhe away, as she doth oft,
Yet would I still myself apply
To serve and suffer patiently.        30
  There is no grief, no smart, no woe,
That yet I feel, or after shall,
That from this mind may make me go;
And whatsoever me befall,
I do profess it willingly        35
To serve and suffer patiently.
 
 
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