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First Line: What vaileth truth or by it to take pain
Last Line: What vaileth truth?
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Variant Title(s): Egerton Manuscript: 2
Subject(s): Deception; Truth

What vaileth truth? or, by it, to take pain?
To strive by steadfastness for to attain?
To be just and true, and flee from doubleness?
Sithens all alike, where ruleth craftiness,
Rewarded is both false and plain.
Soonest he spedeth that most can fain;
True meaning heart is had in disdain.
Against deceit and doubleness,
What vaileth truth?

Deceived is he by crafty train
That meaneth no guile, and doth remain
Within the trap, without redress
But for to love, lo, such a mistress,
Whose cruelty nothing can refrain.
What vaileth truth?

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