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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)

Alas Madam for Stealing of a Kiss

              1Alas, madam, for stealing of a kiss
              2Have I so much your mind there offended?
              3Have I then done so grievously amiss
              4That by no means it may be amended?

              5Then revenge you, and the next way is this:
              6Another kiss shall have my life ended,
              7For to my mouth the first my heart did suck;
              8The next shall clean out of my breast it pluck.


1] The source of the poem is: Serafino, Opere (1516), fol. 179v:
Incolpa donna amor se troppo io uolsi
Aggiungendo alla tua la bocca mia.
Se pur punir mi uoi di quel chio tolsi
Fá che concesso replicar mi sia.
Che tal dolceza in quelli labri 'accolsi,
Chel spirto mio fú per fugirsi uia.
Só che al secondo tocco uscira fora
Bastar ti dé, che per tal fallo io mora.

5] next: most convenient.

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: British Library Egerton MS. 2711, fol. 31 (holograph); cf. Richard Harrier, Canon (1975): 138.
First publication date: 1557
RPO poem editor: Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RPO 1997.
Recent editing: 2:2002/1/31

Rhyme: abababcc

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