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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–42).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Songs and Sonnets
The abused Lover seeth his Folly and intendeth to trust no more
 
WAS never file yet half so well yfiled,
To file a file for any smith’s intent,
As I was made a filing instrument,
To frame other, while that I was beguiled:
But reason, lo, hath at my folly smiled,        5
And pardoned me, since that I me repent
Of my last years, and of my time mispent.
For youth led me, and falsehood me misguided.
Yet this trust I have of great apparence,
Since that deceit is aye returnable,        10
Of very force it is agreeable,
That therewithal be done the recompense:
  Then guile beguiled plained should be never;
  And the reward is little trust for ever.
 
 
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