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Of venison he had his waill?, ::: Gude aquavitae, wyne, and aill,. ' With nobill confeittis, bran, and geille, And swa the Squyer fuir richt weill. Sa to heir mair of his narration,.. The ladie cam to his collation,', Sayand he was richt welcum hame. Grand-mercie, then, quod he, Madame! They past the time with ches and tabill, For he to everie game was abill. Than unto bed drew, eyerie wicht; To chalmer went this ladie bricht; The quilk this Squyer did convoy, Syne till his bed he went with joy. That nicht he sleepit+ neyer ane wink, But still did on the ladie think. Cupido, with his fyrie dart, Did piers him sa throwout the hart, Sa all that nicht he did but murnit Sum tyme sat up, and sum tyme turnitSichand 5, with'mony gant and grane, To fair Venus makand his mane, ; Sayando, fair ladie, what may this mene, I was ane free man lait? yestreen, And now ane captive bound and thrall, For ane that I think flowr of all. I pray God sen scho knew my mynd, How for hir saik I am sa pynd: Choice. Jelly.—3 Fared. Slept.- Sighing. — 6 Saying. - Late.
ischance ; .
Wald God I had been yit in France,
Lodged.— Groan.--3 Wholesome. -4 Slippers.-5 Teigningly.--6 Pretended.
Saw this ladie so pleasantlie
Throat.--3 Hose, stockings.
SIR THOMAS WYATT, :
Called the elder, to distinguish him from his son, who suffered in the reign of Q. Mary, was born at Allington Castle, in Kent, in 1503, and was educated at Cambridge. He married early in life, and was still earlier distinguished at the court of Henry VIII. with whom his interest and favour were so great as to be proverbial. His person was majestic and beautiful, his visage (according to Surrey's interesting description), was “stern and mild :” he sung and played the lute with remarkable sweetness, spoke foreign languages with grace and fluency, and possessed an inexhaustible fund of wit. At the death of Wolsey he could not be more than 19; yet he is said to have contributed to that minister's downfall by a humorous story, and to have promoted the reformation by a seasonable jest. At the coronation of Anne Boleyn he officiated for his father as ewerer, and possibly witnessed the ceremony not with the most festive emotions, as there is reason to suspect that he was secretly attached to the royal bride. When the tragic end of that princess was approaching, one of the calumnies circu. lated against her was, that Sir Thomas Wyatt had confessed having had an illicit intimacy with her. The scandal was certainly false ; but that it arose from a tender partiality really believed to exist be. tween them, seems to be no overstrained conjecture. His poetical mistress's name is Anna: and in one of his sonnets he complains of being obliged to desist from the pursuit of a beloved object, on account of its being the king's, The perusal of his poetry was one of the unfortunate queen's last consolations in prison. A tradition of Wyatt's attachment to her was long preserved in his family. She retained his sister to the last about her person ;, and, as she was about to lay her head on the block, gave her weep, ing attendant a small prayer-book, as a token of re. membrance, with a smile of which the sweetness was not effaced by the horrors of approaching death. Wyatt's favour at court, however, continued undiminished; and notwithstanding a quarrel with the Duke of Suffolk, which occasioned his being committed to the Tower, he was, immediately on bis liberation, appointed to a command under the Duke of Norfolk, in the army that was to act against the rebels. He was also knighted, and, in the fol, lowing year, made high sheriff of Kent. .
· When the Emperor Charles the Fifth, after the death of Anne Boleyn, apparently forgetting the disgrace of his aunt in the sacrifice of her successor, shewed a more conciliatory disposition towards England, Wyatt was, in 1537, selected to go as ambassador to the Spanish court. His situation there was rendered exceedingly difficult, by the mutual insincerity of the negotiating powers, and by his religion, which exposed him to prejudice, and even at one