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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Of the Pains and Sorrows caused by Love
WHAT meaneth this! when I lie alone
I toss, I turn, I sigh, I groan;
My bed me seems as hard as stone:
        What means this?
I sigh, I plain continually;        5
The clothes that on my bed do lie,
Always me think they lie awry;
        What means this?
In slumbers oft for fear I quake;
For heat and cold I burn and shake;        10
For lack of sleep my head doth ake;
        What means this?
A mornings then when I do rise,
I turn unto my wonted guise,
All day after muse and devise;        15
        What means this?
And if perchance by me there pass,
She, unto whom I sue for grace,
The cold blood forsaketh my face;
        What means this?        20
But if I sit near her by,
With loud voice my heart doth cry,
And yet my mouth is dumb and dry;
        What means this?
To ask for help no heart I have;        25
My tongue doth fail what I should crave;
Yet inwardly I rage and rave;
        What means this?
Thus have I passed many a year,
And many a day, though nought appear,        30
But most of that that most I fear;
        What means this?

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