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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
Songs and Sonnets
That Hope unsatisfied is to the Lover’s Heart as a prolonged Death
I ABIDE, and abide; and better abide,
After the old proverb the happy day.
And ever my Lady to me doth say,
‘Let me alone, and I will provide.’
I abide, and abide, and tarry the tide,        5
And with abiding speed well ye may.
Thus do I abide I wot alway,
N’ other obtaining, nor yet denied.
Aye me! this long abiding
Seemeth to me, as who sayeth        10
A prolonging of a dying death,
Or a refusing of a desired thing.
  Much were it better for to be plain,
  Than to say, ‘Abide,’ and yet not obtain.

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