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Gianbattista Tiepolo – Caesar Contemplating the Head of Pompey
Gianbattista Tiepolo. Caesar Contemplating the Head of Pompey, 1750.


OF OTHERS' FEIGNED SORROW, AND THE

LOVERS' FEIGNED MIRTH.2


C ÆSAR, when that the traitor of Egypt                    
   With th' honourable head did him present,
   Covering his heart's gladness, did repre-
                        sent
Plaint with his tears outward, as it is writ.
Eke Hannibal, when fortune him outshyt3
Clean from his reign, and from all his intent,
Laugh'd to his folk, whom sorrow did torment ;
His cruel despite for to disgorge and quit.
So chanced me, that every passion
The mind hideth by colour contrary,
With feigned visage, now sad, now merry ;
Whereby if that I laugh at any season,
    It is because I have none other way
    To cloke my care, but under sport and play.


2  Petrarch. Son. 81. 3  Outshut.



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Manuscript image of Wyatt's 'Caesar, when that the traitor of Egypt' from the Egerton MS
Image from the Egerton MS.


Text source:
Yeowell, James, Ed. The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1904. 6-7.




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