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Grudge on who liste this ys my lott

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 78v

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 f. [78v]

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 1    Grudge on who liste this ys my lott
2    no thing to want if it ware not

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 3    my yeris be yong even as ye see
4    all thinges{es} thereto dothe well agre
5    yn faithe in face in iche degre
6    no thing dothe wante as semithe me
7    if yt ware not

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 0 8    Some men{_e}  dothe saye that{{th}+t+} frindes{es} be skace
9    but I have founde as in this cace
10    afrinde wiche gyvith to no man{_a}1 place
11    but makis me happiest that{{th}+t+} euer{u’} was
12    yf &c

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 13    Groudge on who list this is my lot
14    no thing to wan{_a}t if yt ware not
15    a hart I have besidis all this
16    that hathe my herte & I have his
17    if he dothe well yt is my blis
18    and when we mete no lak there is /
19    yf & c

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 20    Yf he can{_a} finde that{{th}+t+} can{_a} me please
21    athinckes{es} he dois his owne hertes{es}  ease
22    and likewise I coulde well apease
23    the chefest cause of his misease
24    yf &c

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 25    Groudge on &c
26    nothing to wan{_a}te &c
27    A master{t’} eke god hathe me sente
28    to hom my will is hollye ben{_e}te
29    to ser{{s}8}ue & love for that{{th}+t+} inten{_e}te
30    that bothe/we{both we}2  might be well con{_o}ten{_e}te /
31    yf c

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 32    And here an ende yt dothe suffise
33    to speke fewe wordes{es} among the{{th}+e+} wise /
34    yet take this note before yor eyes
35    my mirthe shulde doble ons or twise /
36    yf yt ware not
Groudge on who liste &c /

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Notes & Glosses

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 1. See Petti (1977, 22). This form of macron is an ornamental variant.
2. The division line between the words may have been a retroactive addition/clarification, since there is no space between the words.

Commentary

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt (Rebholz 1978, 275-276), this poem was entered by H8. Rebholz notes that this poem could be considered a modified carol since the “burden” appears as a refrain (ibid., 523). Other versions of this poem are titled “My yeris be yong even as ye see.” Wyatt rarely employs a female speaker in his poetry; this particular female speaker expresses a similar sentiment of acceptance of fate as in the previous poem, “Spight hathe no powre to make me sadde” (77r). An interpretation of the poem as politicized verse depends on the meaning of “it” in the burden, “if it were not.” “Grudge not” was also one of Boleyn’s early mottoes, which she had taken from the Burgundian court. A few other traces of Boleyn’s mottoes appear in the manuscript: “Ye know my herte my ladye dere” (73v) contains Boleyn’s motto, “Me and Myne” (ibid., 436), and the anagram “Am el mem” (67v) is possibly a reply by Boleyn to Wyatt’s riddle “What word is that that changeth not though it be turned.”

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