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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Epigrams
The Lover suspected of Change prayeth that it be not believed against him
ACCUSED though I be without desert;
Sith none can prove, believe it not for true:
For never yet, since that you had my heart,
Intended I to false, or be untrue.
Sooner I would of death sustain the smart,        5
Than break one word of that I promised you;
Accept therefore my service in good part:
None is alive, that can ill tongues eschew,
Hold them as false; and let us not depart
Our friendship old in hope of any new:        10
  Put not thy trust in such as use to feign,
  Except thou mind to put thy friend to pain.

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