Sir Thomas Wyatt

(1503-1542 / Kent / England)

They Flee From Me


They flee from me that sometime 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 sometime they put themself in danger
To take bread at my hand; and now 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 fall,
And she me caught in her arms long and small;
Therewithall 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.

Submitted: Thursday, May 17, 2001
Edited: Thursday, May 17, 2001

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  • Rookie - 585 Points Nathan Beery (12/13/2014 8:51:00 PM)

    Never before has there been a poem so riddled with sexual innuendo so brilliantly worded. (Report) Reply

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