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Me list no more to sing

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 74v

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 f. [74v]
1    Me list no more to sing
2    of love nor of suche thing
3    howe sore that{{th}+t+} yt me wring
4    for what I song or spake
5    men dede my songis mistake /

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 6    my songes{es} ware to defuse
7    theye made folke to muse
8    therefor me to excuse
9    theye shall be song more plaine
10    nothr of Ioye nor payne /

4 Leave a comment on paragraph 4 0 11    What vailith then to sy skyp
12    at fructe over the lipp
13    w1for frute with{w+t+}outen taste
14    Dothe noght but rott & waste

5 Leave a comment on paragraph 5 1 15    What vailith vndre kaye
16    to kepe treasure alwaye
17    that never shall se daye
18    yf yt be not vsid
19    yt ys but abusid

6 Leave a comment on paragraph 6 1 20    What vaylethe the flowre
21    to stond still and whither.
22    yf no man yt savor
23    yt servis onlye for sight
24    and fadith towardes{es} night

7 Leave a comment on paragraph 7 0 25    Therefore fere not tessaye{to essay}
26    to gadre ye that ye maye
27    the flower that this daye
28    is fresher then the next
29    marke well I saye this text

8 Leave a comment on paragraph 8 0 30    Let not the frute be lost
31    that is desired moste
32    Delight shall quite the{{th}+e+} coste
33    yf hit be tane in tyme /
34    small labor is to clyme

9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 35    and as for siche treasure
36    that makithe the the Richer
37    and no dele the porer
38    when it is gyven or lente
39    me thinckes{es} yt ware well spen{_e}te

10 Leave a comment on paragraph 10 0 40    Yf this be undre miste
41    and not well playnlye wyste
42    vndrestonde me who lyste
43    for I reke not a bene
44    I wott what I doo mean

11 Leave a comment on paragraph 11 0 fs

Notes & Glosses

12 Leave a comment on paragraph 12 0 1. The mark may be scribal and mark the omitted line. The same mark occurs on 74r.

Commentary

13 Leave a comment on paragraph 13 0 Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt (Rebholz 1978, 170-171), this poem was entered by H8 and elaborates on a carpe diem theme. H8 uses various modes to mark stanzas, but does so inconsistently. Some stanzas have one or a combination of the following: the first word of the first line is capitalized, the lines following the first line are indented, or a space is left to separate the stanza from the following. Some stanzas have no mark to differentiate them (especially stanzas seven and eight).

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