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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
He compares his Sufferings to those of Tantalus
  THE FRUIT of all the service that I serve
Despair doth reap; such hapless hap have I.
But though he have no power to make me swerve,
Yet by the fire for cold I feel I die.
In paradise for hunger still I sterve,        5
And in the flood for thirst to death I dry;
So Tantalus am I, and in worse pain,
Amidst my help that helpless doth remain.

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