7] mistress: polite form of address for a married woman.
13-14] The MS. rhymes are "herte" and "perte'' (French for "loss," punning on English "part').
18] This line is missing in the original, Devonshire MS. Add. 17492. Nott's conjecture (here) has also been adopted by Muir and Thomson and by Rebholz.
23] But: that.
27] Or ... wiste: before I knew.
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Original text: British Library Devonshire MS. 2711, fol. 77; cf. Collected Poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt, ed. Kenneth Muir and Patricia Thomson (Liverpool, 1969): 220-21.
First publication date: 1815
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger, Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RP 1963: I.11 (F. D. Hoeniger); RPO 1994 (IL).
Recent editing: 2:2002/5/1
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