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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
The abused Lover, admonishes the unwary to beware of Love
  LO! what it is to love!
Learn ye that list to prove
At me, I say;
No ways that may
The grounded grief remove,        5
My life alway
That doth decay;
Lo! what it is to love.
  Flee alway from the snare:
Learn by me to beware        10
Of such a train
Which doubles pain,
And endless woe, and care
That doth retain;
Which to refrain        15
Flee alway from the snare.
  To love, and to be wise,
To rage with good advice;
Now thus, now than,
Now off, now an,        20
Uncertain as the dice;
There is no man
At once that can
To love and to be wise.
  Such are the divers throes,        25
Such that no man knows
That hath not prov’d
And once have lov’d;
Such are the raging woes
Sooner reprov’d        30
Than well remov’d,
Such are the divers throes.
  Love is a fervent fire
Kindled by hot desire;
For a short pleasure        35
Long displeasure,
Repentance is the hire;
A poor treasure,
Without measure;
Love is a fervent fire.        40
Lo! what it is to love!

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