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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Odes
The Lover having broken his Bondage, voweth never more to be enthralled
 
IN æternum I was once determed,
For to have loved and my mind affirmed,
That with my heart it should be confirmed,
        In æternum.
Forthwith I found the thing that I might like,        5
And sought with love to warm her heart alike,
For as me thought I should not see the like,
        In æternum.
To trace this dance I put myself in press,
Vain Hope did lead, and bade I should not cesse,        10
To serve to suffer, and still to hold my peace
        In æternum.
With this first rule I furtherd me a pace,
That as me thought my truth had taken place,
With full assurance to stand in her grace,        15
        In æternum.
It was not long ere I by proof had found
That feeble building is on feeble ground,
For in her heart this word did never sound
        In æternum.        20
In æternum then from my heart I cest
That, I had first determined for the best,
Now in the place another thought doth rest,
        In æternum.
 
 
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