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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
The Lover who cannot prevail must needs have Patience
  PATIENCE for my device;
Impatience for your part!
Of contraries the guise
Must needs be overthwart.
Patience! for I am true;        5
The contrary for you.
  Patience! a good cause why!
You have no cause at all;
Trust me, that stands awry
Perchance may sometime fall.        10
Patience then say, and sup
A taste of Patience cup.
  Patience! no force for that
Yet brush your gown again.
Patience! spurn not there at;        15
Lest folk perceive your pain.
Patience at my pleasure,
When yours hath no measure.
  The other was for me,
This Patience is for you,        20
Change when ye list let see,
For I have ta’en a new.
Patience with a good will
Is easy to fulfil.

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