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Th’ uneasy life I lead doth teach me for to mete / The floods, the seas, the lands, the hills, that doth them intermete / ’Tween me, and those shene lights that wonted for to clear / My darked pangs of cloudy thoughts, as bright as Phœbus’ sphere.
Complaint of the Absence of his Love, ll. 37–40.
Sir Thomas
The Poetical Works
Sir Thomas Wyatt
One hundred ninety selections from the Henrician courtier and herald of the sonnet in English.
Bibliographic Record

Songs and Sonnets
 The Lover for shamefastness hideth his Desire within his faithful Heart
 The Lover waxeth wiser, and will not die for Affection
 The abused Lover seeth his Folly and intendeth to trust no more
 The Lover describeth his being stricken with sight of his Love
 The wavering Lover willeth, and dreadeth, to move his Desire
 The Lover having dreamed enjoying of his Love, complaineth that the Dream is not either longer or truer
 The Lover unhappy biddeth happy Lovers rejoice in May, while he waileth that Month to him most unlucky
 The Lover confesseth him in Love with Phyllis
 Of others’ feigned Sorrow, and the Lover’s feigned Mirth
 Of change in Mind
 How the Lover perisheth in his Delight as the Fly in the Fire
 Against his Tongue that failed to utter his Suits
 Description of the contrarious Passions in a Lover
 The Lover compareth his State to a Ship in perilous Storm tossed on the Sea
 Of doubtful Love
 The Lover abused renounceth Love
 To his Lady, cruel over her yielding Lover
 How unpossible it is to find quiet in Love
 Of Love, Fortune, and the Lover’s Mind
 The Lover prayeth his offered Heart to be received
 The Lover’s Life compared to the Alps
 Charging of his Love as unpiteous and loving other
 The Lover forsaketh his unkind Love
 The Lover describeth his restless State
 The Lover laments the Death of his Love
 A renouncing of Love
 The Lover despairing to attain unto his Lady’s Grace relinquisheth the pursuit
 The deserted Lover consoleth himself with remembrance that all Women are by nature fickle
 That Hope unsatisfied is to the Lover’s Heart as a prolonged Death
 He prayeth his Lady to be true, for no one can restrain a willing Mind
 The deserted Lover wisheth that his Rival might experience the same Fortune he himself had tasted
 Request to Cupid for Revenge of his unkind Love
 Complaint for true Love unrequited
 The Lover sendeth Sighs to move his Suit
 The Lover seeking for his lost Heart prayeth that it may be kindly entreated by whomsoever found
 He determineth to cease to Love
 Of the Folly of loving when the Season of Love is past
 The abused Lover resolveth to forget his unkind Mistress
 The absent Lover persuadeth himself that his Mistress will not have the power to forsake him
 The recured Lover renounceth his fickle Mistress for her Newfangleness
 The Lover complaineth the unkindness of his Love
 The Lover rejoiceth the enjoying of his Love
 The Lover sheweth how he is forsaken of such as he sometime enjoyed
 The Lover to his Bed, with describing of his unquiet State
 The Lover complaineth that his Love doth not pity him
 The Lover complaineth himself forsaken
 A renouncing of hardly escaped Love
 The Lover taught, mistrusteth Allurements
 The Lover rejoiceth against Fortune that by hindering his suit had happily made him forsake his Folly
 The Lover’s sorrowful State maketh him write sorrowful Songs, but such his Love may change the same
 The Lover sendeth his Complaints and Tears to sue for Grace
 The Lover’s Case cannot be hidden however he dissemble
 The Lover prayeth not to be disdained, refused, mistrusted, nor forsaken
 The Lover lamenteth his Estate with suit for Grace
 The Lover waileth his changed Joys
 To his Love that hath given him answer of refusal
 The Lover describeth his being taken with sight of his Love
 The Lover excuseth him of Words, wherewith he was unjustly charged
 The Lover curseth the Time when first he fell in Love
 The Lover determineth to serve faithfully
 To his unkind Love
 The Lover complaineth his Estate
 Whether Liberty by loss of Life, or Life in Prison and thraldom be to be preferred
 He ruleth not though he reign over Realms, that is subject to his own Lusts
 The faithful Lover giveth to his Mistress his Heart as his best and only Treasure
 A Description of the Sorrow of true Lovers’ parting
 The neglected Lover calleth on his stony hearted Mistress to hear him complain ere that he die
 He rejoiceth the obtaining the Favour of the Mistress of his Heart
 The Lover prayeth Venus to conduct him to the desired Haven
 The Lover praiseth the Beauty of his Lady’s Hand
 That the Eye bewrayeth alway the secret Affections of the Heart
 The Lover complaineth that Faith may not avail without the Favour of Fantasy
 That too much Confidence sometimes disappointeth Hope
 The Lover bemoaneth his unhappiness that he cannot obtain Grace, yet cannot cease loving
 The mournful Lover to his Heart with Complaint that it will not break
 The Lover renounces his cruel Love for ever
 A Complaint of his Lady’s Cruelty
 Of the Contrary Affections of the Lover
 That right cannot govern Fancy
 That true Love availeth not when Fortune list to frown
 The deceived Lover sueth only for Liberty
 The Lover calleth on his Lute to help him bemoan his hapless Fate
 That the Power of Love is such he worketh Impossibilities
 That the Life of the unregarded Lover is worse than Death
 The Lover who cannot prevail must needs have Patience
 When Fortune smiles not, only Patience comforteth
 That Patience alone can heal the Wound inflicted by Adversity
 The Lover, hopeless of greater Happiness, contenteth himself with only Pity
 That Time, Humbleness, and Prayer, can soften every thing save his Lady’s Heart
 That Unkindness hath slain his poor true Heart
 The dying Lover complaineth that his Mistress regardeth not his Sufferings
 The careful Lover complaineth, and the happy Lover counselleth
 The Lover having broken his Bondage, voweth never more to be enthralled
 The abused Lover, admonishes the unwary to beware of Love
 A Reproof to such as slander Love
 Despair counselleth the deserted Lover to end his Woes by Death, but Reason bringeth Comfort
 The Lover’s Lute cannot be blamed though it sing of his Lady’s Unkindness
 The neglected Lover calleth on his Pen to record the ungentle Behaviour of his unkind Mistress
 That Caution should be used in Love
 An earnest Request to his cruel Mistress either to pity him or let him die
 The abused Lover reproacheth his false Mistress of Dissimulation
 He bewails his hard Fate that though beloved of his Mistress he still lives in pain
 A Complaint of the Falseness of Love
 The Lover sueth that his Service may be accepted
 Of the Pains and Sorrows caused by Love
 The Lover recounteth the variable Fancy of his fickle Mistress
 The abused Lover bewails the time that ever his Eye beheld her to whom he had given his faithful Heart
 An earnest Suit to his unkind Mistress not to forsake him
 He remembereth the Promise his Lady once gave him of Affection, and comforteth himself with Hope
 That all his Joy dependeth on his Lady’s Favour
 He promiseth to remain faithful whatever Fortune betide
 The faithful Lover wisheth all Evil may befall him if he forsake his Lady
 Of Fortune, Love, and Fantasy
 Deserted by his Mistress, he renounceth all Joy for ever
 That no Words may express the crafty Trains of Love
 That the Power of Love excuseth the Folly of loving
 The doubtful Lover resolveth to be assured whether he is to live in joy or woe
 Of the extreme Torment endured by the unhappy Lover
 He biddeth farewell to his unkind Mistress
 He repenteth that he had ever loved
 The Lover beseecheth his Mistress not to forget his steadfast Faith and true Intent
 He bewails the Pain he endures when banished from the Mistress of his Heart
 He compares his Sufferings to those of Tantalus
 That nothing may assuage his Pain save only his Lady’s Favour
 The Lover prayeth that his long Sufferings may at length find Recompense
 He describeth the ceaseless Torments of Love
 That the Season of Enjoyment is short, and should not pass by neglected
 That the Pain he endured should not make him cease from loving
 The Complaint of a deserted Lover
 That Faith is dead, and true Love disregarded
 The Lover complaineth that his faithful Heart and true Meaning had never met with just Reward
 The forsaken Lover consoleth himself with remembrance of past Happiness
 He complaineth to his Heart that having once recovered his Freedom he had again become thrall to Love
 He professeth Indifference
 He rejoiceth that he had broken the Snares of Love
 The Lover prayeth that his Lady’s Heart might be inflamed with equal Affection
 The disdainful Lady refusing to hear her Lover’s Suit, he resolveth to forsake her
 The absent Lover findeth all his Pains redoubled
 He seeketh Comfort in Patience
 Of the Power of Love over the yielden Lover
 He lamenteth that he had ever Cause to doubt his Lady’s Faith
 The recured Lover exulteth in his Freedom, and voweth to remain free until Death
 Wyatt’s Complaint upon Love to Reason, with Love’s Answer
 Complaint of the Absence of his Love
 The Song of Iopas, unfinished
Songs and Epigrams
 A description of such a one as he would love
 Why Love is blind
 The Lover blameth his instant Desire
 Against Hoarders of Money
 Description of a Gun
 Of the Mother that eat her Child at the Siege of Jerusalem
 To his Love whom he had kissed against her Will
 Of the jealous Man that loved the same Woman, and espied this other sitting with her
 To his Love from whom he had her Gloves
 The Lover complaineth that deadly Sickness cannot help his Affection
 Of the feigned Friend
 Comparison of Love to a Stream falling from the Alps
 Of his Love that pricked her Finger with a Needle
 Of the same
 The Lover that fled Love now follows it with his Harm
 The Lover compareth his Heart to the overcharged Gun
 How by a Kiss he found both his Life and Death
 To his Lover to look upon him
 Of disappointed Purpose by Negligence
 Of his Return from Spain
 Wyatt being in Prison, to Bryan
 Of such as had forsaken him
 The Lover hopeth of better Chance
 That Pleasure is mixed with every Pain
 The Courtier’s Life
 Of the mean and sure Estate
 The Lover suspected of Change prayeth that it be not believed against him
 Of dissembling Words
 Of sudden trusting
 The Lady to Answer directly with Yea or Nay
 The Lover professeth himself constant
 The Lover blameth his Love for renting of the Letter he sent her
 The Lover complaineth and his Lady comforteth
 The Lover suspected blameth ill Tongues
 Of his Love called Anna
 A Riddle of a Gift given by a Lady
 That speaking or proffering brings alway speeding
 T. Wyatt of Love
 Of the mean and sure Estate, written to John Poins
 Of the Courtier’s Life, written to John Poins
 How to use the Court and himself therein, written to Sir Francis Brian
Penitential Psalms
An Epitaph of Sir Thomas Gravener, Knight
Sir Antonie Sentleger of Sir T. Wyatt


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