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Lo how I seke & sew to haue

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1    Lo how I seke & sew to haue
2    that no man hathe & maye be had
3    there ys more but synk or saue
4    & bryng thys doute to good or bad
5    to lyue in sorows allways sad
6    I lyke not so to lynger{g’} fforthe
7    hap evyll or good I shallbe glad
8    to take that comes as well in worthe

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 9    Shold I sustayne{n’} thys gret dystres
10    styll wandryng forthe thus to & froo
11    in dredfull hope to hold my pese
12    & fede my sellf with{w+t+} secret woo
13    nay nay cer{c’}tayn I wyll not soo
14    but sure I shall my self aply
15    to put in profe thys doute to knoo
16    & Rydd thys daunger{g’} Redely

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 17    I shall assay by secret sute
18    to show the mynd of myn entent
19    & my depor{p+}tes{es}1 shall gyue suche frute
20    as with{w+t+} my hart my wordes{es} be ment
21    so by the pro{p2}fe of thys consent
22    send owt of doute I shall be sure
23    for to reIoyce or to Repent
24    in Ioye or payn for to endure

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Notes & Glosses

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 0 1. For the expansion of ‘por,’ see Cappelli (1990, xxx).

Commentary

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt (Rebholz 1978, 240-241), this poem was entered by H6 and is unique to the manuscript. The speaker hopes for a quick answer to his doubts about the lady’s regard for him, though it might bring him pain instead of joy.

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