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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
He repenteth that he had ever loved
  NOW must I learn to live at rest,
And wean me of my will;
For I repent where I was prest
My fancy to fulfil.
  I may no longer more endure        5
My wonted life to lead;
But I must learn to put in ure
The change of womanhed.
  I may not see my service long
Rewarded in such wise;        10
Nor I may not sustain such wrong
That ye my love despise.
  I may not sigh in sorrow deep,
Nor wail the want of love;
Nor I may neither crouch nor creep        15
Where it doth not behove.
  But I of force must needs forsake
My faith so fondly set;
And from henceforth must undertake
Such folly to forget.        20
  Now must I seek some other ways
Myself for to withsave;
And as I trust by mine essays
Some remedy to have.
  I ask none other remedy        25
To recompense my wrong;
But once to have the liberty
That I have lack’d so long.

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