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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The Lover abused renounceth Love
 
MY love to scorn, my service to retain,
Therein, methought, you used cruelty;
Since with good will I lost my liberty,
To follow her which causeth all my pain.
Might never woe yet cause me to refrain;        5
But only this, which is extremity,
To give me nought, alas, nor to agree
That, as I was, your man I might remain:
But since that thus ye list to order me,
That would have been your servant true and fast;        10
Displease you not, my doting time is past;
And with my loss to leave I must agree:
  For as there is a certain time to rage,
  So is there time such madness to assuage.
 
 
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