Whoso List to Hunt

AJGMPA King Henry VII Wives

On Throwback Thursday, how about a historical poem? This poem by Thomas Wyatt is perhaps best known for being a thinly veiled lament about losing his one-time lover Anne Boleyn to King Henry VIII.  It’s most famous line “Noli me tangere, for Caesar’s I am” translates into “touch me not, for Caesar’s I am.”  How beautiful. That line pops into my head a lot.

Whoso list to hunt, I know where is an hind,

But as for me, hélas, I may no more.

The vain travail hath wearied me so sore,

I am of them that farthest cometh behind.

Yet may I by no means my wearied mind

Draw from the deer, but as she fleeth afore

Fainting I follow. I leave off therefore,

Sithens in a net I seek to hold the wind.

Who list her hunt, I put him out of doubt,

As well as I may spend his time in vain.

And graven with diamonds in letters plain

There is written, her fair neck round about:

Noli me tangere, for Caesar’s I am,

And wild for to hold, though I seem tame.

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