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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
That the Life of the unregarded Lover is worse than Death
WHAT death is worse than this!
When my delight,
My weal, my joy, my bliss,
Is from my sight
Both day and night,        5
My life, alas! I miss.
  For though I seem alive,
My heart is hence;
Thus bootless for to strive
Out of presence        10
Of my defence
Toward my death I drive.
  Heartless, alas! what man
May long endure!
Alas! how live I then;        15
Since no recure
May me assure
My life I may well ban.
  Thus doth my torment grow
In deadly dread        20
Alas! who might live so;
Alive, as dead:
Alive, to lead
A deadly life in woe.

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