The Devonshire Manuscript/what shulde I saye

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lament my losse my labor and my payne howe shulde I
The Devonshire Manuscript facsimile 77r

 f. [77r] 

1    what shulde I saye
2    sins faithe is dede
3    and truthe awaye
4    from{_o} you ys fled
5    shulde I be led
6    with{w+t+} doblenesse
7    naye naye mistresse /

8    I pro{p3}miside you
9    & you pro{p3}misid me
10    to be as true
11    as I wolde bee
12    but sins I se yor dobl
13    yor doble herte
14    farewell my parte

15    Though for to take
16    yt ys not my minde
17    but to forsake
18    and as I finde
19    so will I truste
20    fare well oniuste

21    Can{_a}n ye saye nay
22    but you saide
23    that I all waye
24    shulde be obeide
25    and thus betraide
26    or that I wiste
27    fare well onkiste


Commentary edit

This poem, attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt,[1] was entered by H8. The speaker laments over his double-hearted lady and her faithlessness.

H8 combines lines 5 and 6 together in order to make 26 graphical lines out of 27 poetical lines.

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