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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
The Lover curseth the Time when first he fell in Love
WHEN first mine eyes did view and mark
Thy fair beauty to behold;
And when my ears listened to hark
The pleasant words, that thou me told;
  I would as then I had been free        5
  From ears to hear, and eyes to see.
And when my lips gan first to move,
Whereby my heart to thee was known,
And when my tongue did talk of love
To thee that hast true love down thrown;        10
  I would my lips and tongue also
  Had then been dumb, no deal to go.
And when my hands have handled ought
That thee hath kept in memory,
And when my feet have gone and sought        15
To find and get thee company,
  I would, each hand a foot had been,
  And I each foot a hand had seen.
And when in mind I did consent,
To follow this my fancy’s will,        20
And when my heart did first relent
To taste such bait, my life to spill,
  I would my heart had been as thine,
  Or else thy heart had been as mine.

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