The Devonshire Manuscript/Syns so ye please to here me playn

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My loue ys lyke vnto theternall fyre Yf in the worlde there be more woo
The Devonshire Manuscript facsimile 53r

f. [53r]

1    Syns so ye please to here me playn
2    & that ye do reioyce my smart
3    me lyst no longer to Remayn
4    to suche as be so overthwart

5    but cursyd be that cruell hart
6    & whyche hathe pro{p2}curyd a careles mynd
7    ffor me & myn vnfaynyd smart
8    & forcythe me suche fautes to fynd

9    more than to muche I am assuryd
10    of thyn entent wherto to trust
11    A spedles proffe I haue enduryd
12    & now I leue yt to them that lust


Commentary edit

Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt,[1] this poem was entered by H6. The speaker resolves to turn away from the lady, whose cruel heart has rejected him and rejoiced at his pain. In his study of Wyatt's lyrics, Winifred Maynard notes that this poem's ability to be sung to the tune of "fforget not yet the tryde entent" (54v) testifies to Wyatt's competence at writing quatrains.[2]

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