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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Odes
The recured Lover exulteth in his Freedom, and voweth to remain free until Death
 
  I AM as I am, and so will I be;
But how that I am, none knoweth truly.
Be it evil, be it well, be I bond, be I free,
I am as I am, and so will I be.
  I lead my life indifferently;        5
I mean nothing but honesty;
And though folks judge full diversely,
I am as I am, and so will I die.
  I do not rejoice, nor yet complain,
Both mirth and sadness I do refrain,        10
And use the means since folks will feign;
Yet I am as I am, be it pleasure or pain.
  Divers do judge as they do trow,
Some of pleasure and some of woe,
Yet for all that nothing they know;        15
But I am as I am, wheresoever I go.
  But since judgers do thus decay,
Let every man his judgment say;
I will it take in sport and play,
For I am as I am, whosoever say nay.        20
  Who judgeth well, well God him send;
Who judgeth evil, God them amend;
To judge the best therefore intend,
For I am as I am, and so will I end.
  Yet some there be that take delight        25
To judge folks’ thought for envy and spite;
But whether they judge me wrong or right,
I am as I am, and so do I write.
  Praying you all that this do read,
To trust it as you do your creed;        30
And not to think I change my weed,
For I am as I am, however I speed.
  But how that is I leave to you;
Judge as ye list, false or true,
Ye know no more than afore ye knew,        35
Yet I am as I am, whatever ensue.
  And from this mind I will not flee,
But to you all that misjudge me,
I do protest as ye may see
That I am as I am, and so will he.        40
 
 
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