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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
Sir Thomas Wyatt. 1503–1542
  
35. The Appeal
An Earnest Suit to his Unkind Mistress, not to Forsake him
  
AND wilt thou leave me thus! 
Say nay, say nay, for shame! 
—To save thee from the blame 
Of all my grief and grame. 
And wilt thou leave me thus?         5
    Say nay! say nay! 
 
And wilt thou leave me thus, 
That hath loved thee so long 
In wealth and woe among: 
And is thy heart so strong  10
As for to leave me thus? 
    Say nay! say nay! 
 
And wilt thou leave me thus, 
That hath given thee my heart 
Never for to depart  15
Neither for pain nor smart: 
And wilt thou leave me thus? 
    Say nay! say nay! 
 
And wilt thou leave me thus, 
And have no more pitye  20
Of him that loveth thee? 
Alas, thy cruelty! 
And wilt thou leave me thus? 
    Say nay! say nay! 
 
GLOSS:  grame] sorrow.
 
 
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