Love that doth Reign and Live within my Thought

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.
2And built his seat within my captive breast,
3Clad in the arms wherein with me he fought,
4Oft in my face he doth his banner rest.
5But she that taught me love and suffer pain,
8Her smiling grace converteth straight to ire.
9And coward Love then to the heart apace
11His purpose lost, and dare not show his face.
13Yet from my lord shall not my foot remove:
14Sweet is the death that taketh end by love.


1] Tottel's title: "Complaint of a louer rebuked." His version opens: "Loue that liueth, and reigneth in my thought." Adapted from Petrarch's 140th (109th) sonnet. Cf. Wyatt's "The longe love," a translation of the same sonnet. 6.
eke: also. Back to Line
6] eke: also. Back to Line
7] shamefast: modest. Back to Line
10] plain: complain. Back to Line
12] bide: endure. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.13.