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Sir Thomas Wyatt
1503-1542
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Madam, withouten many words
They flee from me that sometime did me seek

 

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1 Madam, withouten many words
2 Once I am sure ye will or no ...
3 And if ye will, then leave your bourds
4 And use your wit and show it so,
5 And with a beck ye shall me call;
6 And if of one that burneth alway
7 Ye have any pity at all,
8 Answer him fair with & {.} or nay.
9 If it be &, {.} I shall be fain;
10 If it be nay, friends as before;
11 Ye shall another man obtain,
12 And I mine own and yours no more.


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1 They flee from me that sometime did me seek
2 With naked foot, stalking in my chamber.
3 I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek,
4 That now are wild and do not remember
5 That sometime they put themself in danger
6 To take bread at my hand; and now they range,
7 Busily seeking with a continual change.

8 Thanked be fortune it hath been otherwise
9 Twenty times better; but once in special,
10 In thin array after a pleasant guise,
11 When her loose gown from her shoulders did fall,
12 And she me caught in her arms long and small;
13 Therewithall sweetly did me kiss
14 And softly said, "dear heart, how like you this?"

15 It was no dream: I lay broad waking.
16 But all is turned thorough my gentleness
17 Into a strange fashion of forsaking;
18 And I have leave to go of her goodness,
19 And she also, to use newfangleness.
20 But since that I so kindly am served
21 I would fain know what she hath deserved.


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