OF THE MEAN AND SURE ESTATE.

S TAND, whoso list, upon the slipper wheel
  Of high estate ; and let me here rejoice,
  And use my life in quietness each dele,*
Unknown in court that hath the wanton toys :
In hidden place my time shall slowly pass,
And when my years be past withouten noise,
Let me die old after the common trace ;
For gripes of death doth he too hardly pass,
    That knowen is to all, but to himself, alas,
    He dieth unknown, dasèd with dreadful face.


* Part.


Source:
Yeowell, James, Ed. The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1904. 176.




Backto the Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt


Site copyright ©1996-2007 Anniina Jokinen. All Rights Reserved.
Created by Anniina Jokinen on August 28, 2000. Last updated February 7, 2007.