THE LOVER SUETH THAT HIS SERVICE

MAY BE ACCEPTED.


T HE heart and service to you proffer'd
  With right good will full honestly,
  Refuse it not since it is offer'd,
         But take it to you gentlely.
             And though it be a small present,
         Yet good, consider graciously,
         The thought, the mind, and the intent
         Of him that loves you faithfully.
             It were a thing of small effect
         To work my woe thus cruelly ;
         For my good will to be object,
         Therefore accept it lovingly.
             Pain or travail ;  to run, or ride,
         I undertake it pleasantly ;
         Bid ye me go and straight I glide,
         At your commandement humbly.
             Pain or pleasure now may you plant,
         Even which it please you steadfastly ;
         Do which you list, I shall not want
         To be your servant secretly.
             And since so much I do desire,
         To be your own assuredly ;
         For all my service, and my hire
         Reward your servant liberally.



Source:
Yeowell, James, Ed. The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1904. 104-105.




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