THE DESERTED LOVER

WISHETH THAT HIS RIVAL MIGHT EXPERIENCE THE SAME

FORTUNE HE HIMSELF HAD TASTED.


TO rail or jest, ye know I use it not ;
   Though that such cause sometime in folks
          I find.
And though to change ye list to set your mind,
Love it who list, in faith I like it not.
And if ye were to me, as ye are not,
I would be loth to see you so unkind :
But since your fault must needs be so by kind ;
Though I hate it I pray you love it not.
Things of great weight I never thought to crave,         
This is but small ; of right deny it not :
Your feigning ways, as yet forget them not.
But like reward let other Lovers have ;
    That is to say, for service true and fast,
    Too long delays, and changing at the last.


[AJ Notes:
list, wish
by kind, by nature (Wyatt is saying that women
by their very natures are changeable) ]



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Text source:
Yeowell, James, ed. The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
London: George Bell and Sons, 1904. 22.




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