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SONNET: 39, by                 Poet's Biography
First Line: I abide and abide and better abide
Last Line: "than to say ""abide' and yet not obtain."
Alternate Author Name(s): Wyat, Thomas
Subject(s): Love

I abide and abide and better abide
(And after the old proverb) the happy day;
And ever my lady to me doth say
"Let me alone and I will provide'.
I abide and abide and tarry the tide,
And with abiding speed well ye may!
Thus do I abide I wot alway
Not her obtaining nor yet denied.
Aye me! this long abiding
Seemeth to me as who sayeth
A prolonging of a dying death
Or a refusing of a desired thing.
Much were it better for to be plain
Than to say "abide' and yet not obtain.

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