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Thomas Wyatt
Born in 1503, Sir Thomas Wyatt is often credited with being one of the poets that introduced the sonnet into English...
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My Galley Charged with Forgetfulness

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by Thomas Wyatt
read by Peter Sacks

My galley charged with forgetfulness
   Thorough sharp seas in winter nights doth pass
   'Tween rock and rock; and eke mine enemy, alas,
   That is my lord, steereth with cruelness;
And every oar a thought in readiness,
   As though that death were light in such a case.
   An endless wind doth tear the sail apace
   Of forced sighs, and trusty fearfulness
A rain of tears, a cloud of dark disdain,
   Hath done the wearied cords great hinderance;
   Wreathed with error and eke with ignorance,
The stars be hid that led me to this pain;
   Drowned is reason that should me consort,
And I remain despairing of the port.





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March 13, 1997
The New School
New York, NY
From the Academy Audio Archive
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