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Henry Howard, earl of Surrey (1517?-1547)

Love that doth Reign and Live within my Thought


              1Love that doth reign and live within my thought
              2And built his seat within my captive breast,
              3Clad in the arms wherein with me he fought,
              4Oft in my face he doth his banner rest.
              5But she that taught me love and suffer pain,
              6My doubtful hope and eke my hot desire
              7With shamefast look to shadow and refrain,
              8Her smiling grace converteth straight to ire.
              9And coward Love then to the heart apace
            10Taketh his flight, where he doth lurk and plain
            11His purpose lost, and dare not show his face.
            12For my lord's guilt thus faultless bide I pain;
            13Yet from my lord shall not my foot remove:
            14Sweet is the death that taketh end by love.

Notes

1] Tottel's title: "Complaint of a louer rebuked." His version opens: "Loue that liueth, and reigneth in my thought." Adapted from Petrarch's 140th (109th) sonnet. Cf. Wyatt's "The longe love," a translation of the same sonnet. 6.
eke: also.

6] eke: also.

7] shamefast: modest.

10] plain: complain.

12] bide: endure.


Online text copyright © 2003, Ian Lancashire for the Department of English, University of Toronto.
Published by the Web Development Group, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries.

Original text: Nott, George Fred., ed. The Works of Henry Howard earl of Surrey and of Sir Thomas Wyatt the elder. London: Longman, 1815-16. 2 vols. PR 2370 A1 1815 ROBA.
First publication date: 1557
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger
RP edition: 3RP 1.13.
Recent editing: 4:2002/5/29

Form: Sonnet
Rhyme: ababcdcdececff


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