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Short poem

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)

Forget not Yet the Tried Intent

              1  Forget not yet the tried intent
              2Of such a truth as I have meant;
              3My great travail so gladly spent,
              4        Forget not yet.

              5  Forget not yet when first began
              6The weary life ye know, since whan
              7The suit, the service, none tell can;
              8        Forget not yet.

              9  Forget not yet the great assays,
            10The cruel wrong, the scornful ways;
            11The painful patience in denays,
            12        Forget not yet.

            13  Forget not yet, forget not this,
            14How long ago hath been and is
            15The mind that never meant amiss;
            16        Forget not yet.

            17  Forget not then thine own approved,
            18The which so long hath thee so loved,
            19Whose steadfast faith yet never moved;
            20        Forget not this.


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.

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 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.
Form: song
Rhyme: aaab ccccb ...

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