The Devonshire Manuscript/to wishe and wante and not obtaine

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Nature that gave the bee so fete agrace Ons me thoght ffortune me kist
The Devonshire Manuscript facsimile 71v

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1    to wishe and wante and [] not obtaine
2    to seke & sew ease of my paine
3    Sins all that ever I doo is vaine
4    What maye hit availe me

5    Altho I stryve both daye & night
6    against the streme with{w+t+} all my powre
7    yf fortune liste yet for to lowre
8    what maye &c

9    Yf willinglye I suffer woo
10    if from{_o} the fire me list not go
11    if then I bourne to plaine my1 foo
12    what &c

13    and if the harme that{{th}+t+} I suffre
14    be run{_u}ne to farr out of mesure
15    to seke for helpe ony furthre
16    what &c

17    what tho eche harte that{{th}+t+} heris me plaine
18    petis and plainethe for my paine
19    yf I no lesse in gref remaine
20    what &c

21    Ye tho the wante of my relef
22    Displese the causer of my greef
23    Sins I Remaine still in mischefe
24    what /

25    Suche cruell chaunse doth so^me thrett
26    continuallie inwarde to ffrett
27    then of relef for to intrete
28    what. []

29    ffortune is deff vnto my call
30    my tormen{_e}t movith her not at all
31    and tho she torne as doth a ball
32    what

33    for in dispaire ther is no rede
34    to wante of ere speche is no spede
35    to linger{g'} still alive as dede
36    what maye yt auayle me /


Notes & Glosses edit

     1. The scribe crossed through the tail of the overwitten y twice.

Commentary edit

Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt,[1] this poem was entered by H8. The speaker, here, laments that Fortune is as deaf to his complaint as the lady.

Works Cited edit

Textual Notes edit

Texts Collated edit

LEge43, AAH22

Collation edit

1 to] To LEge43 to wishe and wante and not obtaine] AAH22 wishe] wisshe LEge43 wante] want LEge43 not obtaine] not obtain LEge43
2 to seke & sew ease of my paine] AAH22 paine] pain LEge43
3 Sins] syns LEge43 Sins all that ever I doo is vaine] AAH22 doo] do LEge43 vaine] vain LEge43
4 What maye hit availe me] AAH22 maye] may LEge43 hit] it LEge43 availe] availl LEge43
5 Altho] All tho LEge43 Altho I stryve both daye & night] AAH22 stryve] styrve LEge43 both] boeth LEge43 daye] day LEge43 night] howre LEge43
6 against the streme with all my powre] AAH22
7 yf] if LEge43 yf fortune liste yet for to lowre] AAH22 liste] list LEge43 yet] LEge43
8 what] What LEge43 what maye & c] AAH22 maye] may LEge43 & c] it availl me LEge43
9 Yf] If LEge43 Yf willinglye I suffer woo] AAH22 willinglye] willingly LEge43 suffer] suffre LEge43
10 if from the fire me list not go] AAH22 fire] fyre LEge43 go] goo LEge43
11 if] Yf AAH22 bourne] burne AAH22 burn LEge43 plaine] playne AAH22 myefsoo] me so AAH22 LEge43
12 what] What LEge43 & c] maye it avayle me AAH22 may it availl me LEge43
13 and] And AAH22 LEge43 suffre] suffer AAH22
14 runne] ronne AAH22 run LEge43 farr] farre LEge43 out] owte LEge43 mesure] measure AAH22 mesur LEge43
15 seke] seeke AAH22 helpe] helpp AAH22 ony] any AAH22 LEge43 furthre] further AAH22 LEge43
16 what] What LEge43 & c] may it availe me AAH22 may it availl me LEge43
17 what] What AAH22 LEge43 tho] thoughe AAH22 tho LEge43 eche] eache AAH22 harte] hart AAH22 hert LEge43 heris] heares AAH22 hereth LEge43 plaine] playne AAH22 plain LEge43
18 petis] Pitieth AAH22 pitieth LEge43 plainethe] playneth AAH22 plaineth LEge43 my] mye AAH22 paine] payne AAH22 payn LEge43
19 yf] Yf AAH22 if LEge43 lesse] les LEge43 gref] greef AAH22 greif LEge43 remaine] remayne AAH22 remain LEge43
20 what] What LEge43 & c] may it availe me AAH22 may it availl me LEge43
21 Ye tho] Yea though AAH22 wante] want AAH22 LEge43 relef] releef AAH22 relief LEge43
22 Displese] Displease AAH22 LEge43 greef] greif LEge43
23 Sins] Syns AAH22 syns LEge43 I] that I LEge43 Remaine] remayne AAH22 remain LEge43 mischefe] mischeef AAH22 myschief LEge43
24 what /] what may it avayle me AAH22 What may it availl me LEge43
25 chaunse] chaunce AAH22 LEge43 doth] doeth LEge43 me] me AAH22 LEge43 thrett] threat AAH22 threte LEge43
26 continuallie] Contynuallye AAH22 continuelly LEge43 inwarde] inward AAH22 LEge43 ffrett] freat AAH22 fret LEge43
27 then] Then AAH22 relef] releace AAH22 relesse LEge43 intrete] entreat AAH22 trete LEge43
28 what.] what may it availe me AAH22 What may it availl me LEge43
29 deff] deafe AAH22 deiff LEge43
30 my] Mye AAH22 movith] moves AAH22 moveth LEge43
31 tho] thoughe AAH22 though LEge43 torne] turne AAH22 torn LEge43 doth] dothe AAH22 doeth LEge43
32 what] what may it availe me AAH22 What may it availl me LEge43
33 for] ffor AAH22 LEge43 dispaire] despere LEge43 ther] theare AAH22 there LEge43 rede] reede AAH22
34 to] To AAH22 wante] want AAH22 LEge43 ere] eare AAH22 ere : LEge43 speche] speeche AAH22 spede] speede AAH22
35 linger] lynger AAH22 alive] a lyve AAH22 alyve LEge43 dede] deade AAH22 ded LEge43
36 what] What LEge43 maye] may AAH22 LEge43 yt auayle me /] it availe me AAH22 it availl me LEge43