The Devonshire Manuscript/the losse is small to lose suche on

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Dyvers dothe vse as I have hard & kno Spight hathe no powre to make me sadde
The Devonshire Manuscript facsimile 77v

f. [77v]

1    the losse is small to sose suche on
2    that{{th}+t+} shrynckith for a slendr naye
3    {{th}+t+}{{th}+ei+} & wit thei lak that wolde make mone
4    tho all suche peakes{es} ware wipid awaye /

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Commentary[edit]

Attributed to Sir Thomas Wyatt,[1] this poem was entered by H8. In this humourous lyric, the female speaker believes that losing a lover put off by a small “nay” is trivial, and that shrinking lovers who complain lack wit because they do not face any real adversity. This short verse may be a comment on the poem above it, “Dyvers dothe vse as I have hard & kno” (77v).

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