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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Odes
That right cannot govern Fancy
 
  I HAVE sought long with steadfastness
To have had some ease of my great smart:
But nought availeth faithfulness
To grave within your stony heart.
  But hap, and hit, or else hit not,        5
As uncertain as is the wind;
Right so it fareth by the shot
Of Love, alas! that is so blind.
  Therefore I play’d the fool in vain,
With pity when I first began        10
Your cruel heart for to constrain,
Since love regardeth no doubtful man.
  But of your goodness, all your mind
Is that I should complain in vain;
This is the favour that I find;        15
Ye list to hear how I can plain!
  But tho’ I plain to please your heart,
Trust me I trust to temper it so,
Not for to care which do revert;
All shall be one, or wealth, or woe.        20
  For fancy ruleth, though Right say nay,
Even as the good man kist his cow;
None other reason can ye lay,
But as who sayeth; ‘I reck not how.’
 
 
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