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My Galley Charged with Forgetfulness

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.

Credit


This poem is in the public domain.

Author


Thomas Wyatt

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

Date Published: 1557-01-01

Source URL: https://poets.org/poem/my-galley-charged-forgetfulness