THE LOVER FOR SHAMEFASTNESS HIDETH

HIS DESIRE WITHIN HIS FAITH-

FUL HEART.
1

T HE long love that in my thought I
        harbour,
  And in mine heart doth keep his re-
        sidence,
Into my face presseth with bold pretence,
And therein campeth displaying his banner.
She that me learneth to love and to suffer,
And wills that my trust, and lust's negligence
Be reined by reason, shame, and reverence,
With his hardiness takes displeasure.
Wherewith love to the heart's forest he fleeth,
Leaving his enterprise with pain and cry,
And there him hideth, and not appeareth.
What may I do, when my master feareth,
    But in the field with him to live and die?
    For good is the life, ending faithfully.


* AJ Notes:

Petrarch, Rime 140
cf. Surrey's Love, that liveth and reigneth in my thought


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Yeowell, James, Ed. The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1904. 1.




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