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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Sonnets
A renouncing of Love
FAREWELL, Love, and all thy laws for ever;
Thy baited hooks shall tangle me no more:
Senec, and Plato, call me from thy lore,
To perfect wealth, my wit for to endeavour;
In blind error when I did persever,        5
Thy sharp repulse, that pricketh aye so sore,
Taught me in trifles that I set no store;
But scaped forth thence, since, liberty is lever:
Therefore, farewell, go trouble younger hearts,
And in me claim no more authority:        10
With idle youth go use thy property,
And thereon spend thy many brittle darts:
  For, hitherto though I have lost my time,
  Me list no longer rotten boughs to clime.

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