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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Epigrams
Of the Mother that eat her Child at the Siege of Jerusalem
 
IN doubtful breast whilst motherly pity
With furious famine standeth at debate;
The mother saith, ‘O child unhappy,
Return thy blood where thou hadst milk of late;
Yield me those limbs that I made unto thee,        5
And enter there where thou were generate;
  For of one body against all nature,
  To another must I make sepulture.’
 
 
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