They flee from me


They flee from me, that sometimes did me seek With naked foot , stalking in my chamber. I have seen them gentle, tame and meek. That now are wild, and do not remember. That sometimes they put themselves in danger. To take bread at my hand; and they range. Busily seeking with a continual change.

Thanked be fortune it hath been otherwise. Twenty times better;but once in special,. In thin array, after a pleasant guise,. When her loose gown from her shoulders did fal’ and she me caught in her arms long and small, Therewith all sweetly did me kiss. And softly said, ‘ dear heart’ how like you this?

It was no dream; I lay broad waking; But all is turned, thorough my gentleness ,. Into a strange fashion of forsaking; And I have leave to go of her goodness ,. And she also to use newfangleness. But since that I so kindly am served,. I would fain know what she hath deserved. Thomas Wyatt( 1503-1547)

A friend of Wyatt. Their names are usually coupled in English literary history for introducing the sonnet form. Many of his poems were first published in Tottels. Miscellany (1557) He modified the Petrarchan sonnet form which is now known as the shaksperean sonnet because Shakespeare perfected it.