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Sir Thomas Wyatt

We currently have one poem by Sir Thomas Wyatt. You can listen to the poem and also read it below.

Read and listen to Who so list to hount I know where is an hynde

Whoso list to hount, I knowe where is an hinde,
But as for me, hélas, I may no more.
The vayne travail hath wearied me so sore,
I ame of them that farthest cometh behinde.
Yet may I by no means my wearied mynde
Draw from the Deere, but as she fleeth afore
Faynting I followe. I leve off therefore,
Sithens in a net I seeke to hold the wind.
Who list her hount, I put him owte of doubte,
As well as I may spend his time in vain.
And graven with Diamonds in letters plain
There is written, her fair neck rounde aboute:
‘Noli me tangere, for Cesars I am,
And wylde for to hold, though I seme tame. ‘

Sir Thomas Wyatt - 1503 - 1542

Was a 16th-century English politician, ambassador, and lyric poet credited with introducing the sonnet to English literature. He was born at Allington Castle near Maidstone in Kent, though the family was originally from Yorkshire. His family adopted the Lancastrian side in the Wars of Roses. His mother was Anne Skinner, and his father Henry had been a Privy Councillor of Henry VII and remained a trusted adviser when Henry VIII ascended the throne in 1509. Thomas followed his father to court after his education at St John’s College, Cambridge. Entering the King’s service, he was entrusted with many important diplomatic missions. In public life his principal patron was Thomas Cromwell, after whose death he was recalled from abroad and imprisoned (1541). Though subsequently acquitted and released, shortly thereafter he died. His poems were circulated at court and may have been published anonymously in the anthology The Court of Venus (earliest edition c.1537) during his lifetime, but were not published under his name until after his death; the first major book to feature and attribute his verse was Tottel’s Miscellany (1557), printed 15 years after his death.

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