1] tried intent: proved willing
2] truth: loyalty, good faith.
3] travail: labour.
9] Assays: trials.
11] denays: denials, rejections.
17] approved: tested, i.e., a lover tested by her over some time.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: British Library Additional MS 17492 (Devonshire MS), fol. 54v; cf. Collected Poems, ed. Kenneth Muir and Patricia Thomson (Liverpool University Press, 1969), facsimile in illustration 6, opposite p. 212.
First publication date: 1815
RPO poem editor: N. J. Endicott, Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RP 1935: I.80; RPO 1996.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24
Composition date note: Unknown. All editors accept Nott's attribution of the poem to Wyatt, although no contemporary source directly confirms his authorship.
Rhyme: aaab ccccb ...
Other poems by Sir Thomas Wyatt