Alas! so all Things now do Hold their Peace

Original Text: 
Nott, George Fred., ed. The Works of Henry Howard earl of Surrey and of Sir Thomas Wyatt the elder. London: Longman, 1815-16. 2 vols. PR 2370 A1 1815 ROBA.
2Heaven and earth disturbed in nothing.
3The beasts, the air, the birds their song do cease,
5Calm is the sea, the waves work less and less:
6So am not I, whom love, alas, doth wring,
7Bringing before my face the great increase
8Of my desires, whereat I weep and sing
9In joy and woe, as in a doubtful ease.
10For my sweet thoughts sometime do pleasure bring,
12Gives me a pang that inwardly doth sting,
13When that I think what grief it is again
14To live and lack the thing should rid my pain.


1] Tottel's title: "A complaint by night of the louer not beloued." An adaptation of Petrarch's 145th (113th) sonnet. Back to Line
4] chare: perhaps from charet: chariot, car; but derived from Petrarch's "carro": the Great Bear. Back to Line
11] disease: dis-ease, discomfort. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.12.