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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The Lover forsaketh his unkind Love
 
MY heart I gave thee, not to do it pain,
But to preserve, lo, it to thee was taken.
I served thee, not that I should be forsaken;
But, that I should receive reward again,
I was content thy servant to remain;        5
And not to be repayed on this fashion.
Now, since in thee there is none other reason,
Displease thee not, if that I do refrain.
Unsatiate of my woe, and thy desire;
Assured by craft for to excuse thy fault:        10
But, since it pleaseth thee to feign default,
Farewell, I say, departing from the fire.
  For he that doth believe, bearing in hand,
  Plougheth in the water, and soweth in the sand.
 
 
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