Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503-42)

 

Forget not yet

The Lover beseecheth his mistress not to forget
his steadfast faith and true intent

Forget not yet the tried entent
Of such a truth as I have meant;
My great travail so gladly spent,
Forget not yet!
 

 

Forget not yet when first began
The weary life ye know, since whan
The suit, the service, none tell can;
Forget not yet!
Forget not yet the great assays,
The cruel wrong, the scornful ways,
The painful patience in denays
Forget not yet!
 
  Forget not, yet forget not this
How long ago hath been, and is,
The mind that never meant amiss
Forget not yet!
Forget not then thine own approved,
The which so long hath thee so loved,
Whose steadfast faith yet never moved:
Forget not this!