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First Line: In eternum I was once determed
Last Line: In eternum.
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Variant Title(s): In Aeternum;song: 14
Subject(s): Love - Unrequited


In eternum I was once determed
For to have loved and my mind affirmed,
That with my heart it should be confirmed
In eternum.

Forthwith I founde the thing that I might like,
And sought with love to warm her heart alike,
For as me thought I should not see the like
In eternum.

To trace this dance I put my self in press;
Vain hope did lead and bade I should not cease
To serve, to suffer, and still to hold my peace
In eternum.

With this first rule I furthered me apace,
That, as methought, my troth had taken place
With full assurance to stand in her grace
In eternum.

It was not long or I by proof had found
That feeble building is on feeble ground,
For in her heart this word did never sound
In eternum.

In eternum then from my heart I kest
That I had first determined for the best,
Now in the place another thought doeth rest,
In eternum.






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