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Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-1542)

And Wilt thou Leave me Thus?

              1And wilt thou leave me thus?
              2Say nay, say nay, for shame,
              3To save thee from the blame
              4Of all my grief and grame;
              5And wilt thou leave me thus?
              6Say nay, say nay!

              7And wilt thou leave me thus,
              8That hath loved thee so long
              9In wealth and woe among?
            10And is thy heart so strong
            11As for to leave me thus?
            12Say nay, say nay!

            13And wilt thou leave me thus,
            14That hath given thee my heart
            15Never for to depart,
            16Nother for pain nor smart;
            17And wilt thou leave me thus?
            18Say nay, say nay!

            19And wilt thou leave me thus
            20And have no more pity
            21Of him that loveth thee?
            22Hélas, thy cruelty!
            23And wilt thou leave me thus?
            24Say nay, say nay!


4] grame: sorrow.

9] among: all the while (an obsolete adverb).

16] Nother: neither.

22] Hélas: alas.

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 Devonshire MS. 2711, fol. 17; cf. Collected Poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt, ed. Kenneth Muir and Patricia Thomson (Liverpool, 1969): 196-97.
First publication date: 1815
RPO poem editor: F. D. Hoeniger, Ian Lancashire
RP edition: RP 1963: I.10 (F. D. Hoeniger); RPO 1994 (IL).
Recent editing: 2:2002/5/1

Rhyme: abbbac

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