Verse > Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey > Poetical Works
Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
“Your fearful hope cannot prevail”
  YOUR fearful hope cannot prevail;
Nor yet faithful trust also.
Some thinks to hit, ofttimes do fail;
Whereby they change their wealth to woe.
  What though! in that yet put no trust:        5
But always after as ye see.
For say your will, and do your lust;
There is no place for you to be.
  No such within; ye are far out.
Your labour lost ye hope to save.        10
But once I put ye out of doubt;
The thing is had that ye would have.
  Though to remain without remorse,
And pitiless to be opprest;
Yet is the course of Love, by force        15
To take all things unto the best.
  Well! yet beware, if thou be wise:
And leave thy hope thy heat to cool:
For fear lest she thy love despise,
Reputing thee but as a fool.        20
  Since this to follow of force thou must,
And by no reason can refrain;
Thy chance shall change thy least mistrust;
As thou shalt prove unto thy pain.
  When with such pain thou shalt be paid,        25
The which shall pass all remedy;
Then think on this that I have said;
And blame thy foolish Fantasy.


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