At Liberty I Sit and See

Original Text: 
Songes and Sonettes (London: Tottel, 1557). Facs. edn. (Leeds: Scolar, 1966). PR 1205 T6 1966 Victoria College Library,
1  At liberty I sit and see
2    Them, that have erst laugh'd me to scorn,
3Whipp'd with the whip that scourged me:
5  I see them sit full soberly
6    And think their earnest looks to hide;
7Now, in themselves, they cannot spy
8    That they or this in me have spied.
9  I see them sitting all alone,
10    Marking the steps, each word and look;
11And now they tread where I have gone,
12    The painful path that I forsook.
13  Now I see well I saw no whit
14    When they saw well, that now are blind;
16    And just judgement hath them assign'd.
17  I see them wander all alone,
18    And tread full fast, in dreadful doubt,
19The self-same path that I have gone:
20    Blessed be hap that brought me out!
21  At liberty all this I see,
23Smiling at them that laugh'd at me:
24    Lo, such is hap! Mark well my song!

Notes

4] ban: curse. Back to Line
15] hap: fortune. Back to Line
22] among: all the while. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1557
RPO poem Editors: 
N. J. Endicott
RPO Edition: 
2RP.1.234; RPO 1996-2000.
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