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William Stanley Braithwaite, ed. The Book of Elizabethan Verse. 1907.

Yea or Nay

Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503–1542)

MADAM, withouten many words

Once I am sure you will or no;

And if you will, then leave your boards,

And use your wit and show it so.

For with a beck you shall me call;

And if of one that burns alway

You have pitie or ruth at all,

Answer him fair with yea or nay.

If it be yea, I shall be fain;

If it be nay, friends as before;

You shall another man obtain,

And I mine own, and yours no more.