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C.D. Warner, et al., comp.  The Library of the World’s Best Literature.
An Anthology in Thirty Volumes.  1917.
 
A Renouncing of Love
By Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–1542)
 
FAREWELL, Love, and all thy laws for ever;
  Thy baited hooks shall tangle me no more:
  Senec, and Plato, call me from thy lore,
To perfect wealth, my wit for to endeavor.
In blind error when I did persever,        5
  Thy sharp repulse, that pricketh aye so sore,
  Taught me in trifles that I set no store;
But scaped forth thence, since liberty is lever,
Therefore, farewell: go trouble younger hearts,
  And in me claim no more authority;        10
  With idle youth go use thy property,
And thereon spend thy many brittle darts:
  For, hitherto though I have lost my time,
  Me list no longer rotten boughs to climb.
 
 
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