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THE LOVER SENDETH SIGHS TO MOVE

HIS SUIT.1

G O, burning sighs, unto the frozen heart,
   To break the ice, which pity's painful
          dart
Might never pierce ; and if that mortal prayer
In heaven be heard, at least yet I desire
That death or mercy end my woful smart.
Take with thee pain, whereof I have my part,
And eke the flame from which I cannot start,                                      
And leave me then in rest, I you require.
Go, burning sighs, fulfil that I desire,
I must go work, I see, by craft and art,
For truth and faith in her is laid apart :
Alas, I cannot therefore now assail her,
With pitiful complaint and scalding fire,
That from my breast deceivably doth start.
                                     Go burning sighs !



1 Petrarch, Son. 120.



Manuscript image of Wyatt's 'Go, burning sighs' from the Egerton MSManuscript image from BL Egerton MS 2711, f. 16v.
Manuscript image of Wyatt's 'Go, burning sighs' from the Devonshire MSManuscript image from BL Add MS 17492, f. 61v.


Source:
Yeowell, James, Ed. The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1904. 24.




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