THE LOVER HAVING DREAMED ENJOYING

OF HIS LOVE, COMPLAINETH THAT THE DREAM

IS NOT EITHER LONGER OR TRUER.


U NSTABLE dream, according to the place,          
   Be steadfast once, or else at least be true :
   By tasted sweetness make me not to rue
The sudden loss of thy false fained grace.
By good respect, in such a dangerous case,
Thou broughtest not her into these tossing seas ;
But madest my sprite to live my care t' encrease,
My body in tempest her delight t'embrace.
The body dead, the spirit had his desire ;
Painless was th' one, the other in delight.
Why then, alas, did it not keep it right,
But thus return to leap in to the fire ;
    And where it was at wish, could not remain?
    Such mocks of dreams do turn to deadly pain.


[AJ Notes:

according, befitting.
dead, i.e., asleep.]



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Yeowell, Jams, Ed. The Poetical Works of Sir Thomas Wyatt.
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