John Skelton



GO, pytyous hart, rasyd with dedly wo,
    Persyd with payn, bleding with wondes smart,
Bewayle thy fortune, with vaynys wan and blo.
    O Fortune vnfrendly, Fortune vnkynde thow art,
    To be so cruell and so ouerthwart,
To suffer me so carefull to endure,
That wher I loue best I dare not dyscure !

One there is, and euer one shalbe,
    For whose sake my hart is sore dyseasyd ;
For whose loue, welcom dysease to me !
    I am content so all partys be pleasyd :
    Yet, and God wold, I wold my payne were easyd !
But Fortune enforsyth me so carefully to endure,
That where I loue best I dare not dyscure.
Skelton, laureat,                      
At the instance of a nobyll lady.                




Source:
Skelton, John. The Poetical Works of John Skelton. Vol. I.
Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1866. 33-34.




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