Madam, Withouten Many Words by Thomas Wyatt

Thomas Wyatt 1503-1542

Madam, Withouten Many Words

Madam, withouten many words
Once I am sure ye will or no …
And if ye will, then leave your bourds
And use your wit and show it so,
And with a beck ye shall me call;
And if of one that burneth alway
Ye have any pity at all,
Answer him fair with & {.} or nay.
If it be &, {.} I shall be fain;
If it be nay, friends as before;
Ye shall another man obtain,
And I mine own and yours no more.

Thomas Wyatt
Born: 1503, Kent, England
Nationality: English
Died: 11 October 1542. Dorset, England

Wyatt was a16th century politician and lyric poet. He is credited with bringing the sonnet to English literature. Following his father into the court of Henry VIII after his education at St. John’s College, Cambridge Wyatt was entrusted by the king with many important diplomatic missions. Thomas Cromwell was his principal patron in public life. Following the death of Cromwell Wyatt was recalled from abroad and imprisoned for treason. Ultimately, he was acquitted and released shortly before his death in 1542. Wyatt’s poetry may have been published anonymously during his lifetime, however, none was published and printed under his name until some 15 years after his death