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Henry Howard, Earl of Surrey (1517–47).  The Poetical Works.  1880.
 
Primus
“My fearful hope from me is fled”
 
MY 1 fearful hope from me is fled,
Which of long time hath been my guide.
Now faithful trust is in his stead,
And bids me set all fear aside.
  O’ truth it is, I not deny,        5
All Lovers may not live in ease.
Yet some by hap doth hit truly;
So like may I, if that she please.
  Why! so it is a gift, ye wot,
By nature one to love another.        10
And since that love doth fall by lot;
Then why not I, as well as other.
  It may so be the cause is why,
She knoweth no part to my poor mind:
But yet as one assuredly        15
I speak nothing but as I find.
  If Nature will, it shall so be:
No reason ruleth Fantasy.
Yet in this ease, as seemeth me,
I take all thing indifferently.        20
  Yet uncertain I will rejoice,
And think to have, though yet thou hast.
I put my chance unto her choice
With patience, for power is past.
  No! no! I know the like is fair        25
Without disdain or cruelty:
And so to end from all despair;
Until I find the contrary.
 
Note 1. The two following poems are given from a very curious MS. of the time of Henry the VIIIth, belonging to the Duke of Devonshire. The greater part of the poems in that MS. have the names, or the initials of their respective authors subscribed. The signatures originally affixed to those here printed have been much effaced. What remains of them, however, is sufficient to lead to some conjecture. The first is subscribed “Finis qd. W.    t.” The second, “Finis qd. S    e.” Respecting the first of these names I apprehend no doubt can be entertained, especially as a large number of the poems in the volume bear Wyatt’s signature. That the latter name was designed for Surrey’s, I think extremely probable; for his name was generally spelt “Surreye:” and the letter preceding the final “e,” though erased in part, seems to have been “y.” I believe that many compositions have been ascribed to authors on presumptive evidence less strong than the present. It should be observed, that Surrey and Wyatt were in the habit of frequently communicating their verses to each other. See the poems in this volume, which begin; “As oft as I behold and see;” p. 37: and “Love that liveth and reigneth in my thought;” p. 11.—Dr. Nott. [back]
 
 
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