1] First printed by Nott.
2] old proverb. This proverb is found in the Envoy to the "Plaint," once attributed to Chaucer: "Better is it to suffer and fortune abide/Than hastily to clime and sodenly to slyde."
5] tarry the tide: bide my time, wait (proverbial).
6] Wyatt ironically observes that the lady ("ye") does fine with her "abiding speed" ("continuing success").
7] I wot alway: forever, for all I know.
8] Nother: neither.
10] as who sayeth: what one might call, as they say.
13] to be plain: say her mind, not equivocate, i.e., reject him.
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of English, University of Toronto.
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Original text: British Library Library Additional MS 17492 (Devonshire MS), fol. 77v; cf. Collected Poems, ed. Kenneth Muir and Patricia Thomson (Liverpool University Press, 1969): 231.
First publication date: 1815
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger, Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RP 1963: I.4; RPO 1994.
Recent editing: 2:2002/4/24
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