《英诗金库》I-21:Forget not yet the tried intent, by T. Wyatt


作品名称:A Supplication(祈求)
作者:托马斯·怀亚特(Thomas Wyatt,1503-1542)
编注:Sir Thomas Wyatt(托马斯·怀亚特,1503?-1542),亦译为魏阿特或华埃特,英国文艺复兴时期新诗歌的第一位代表。主要作品有与萨里等人合作的《托特尔杂集》和用三韵体写成的讽刺诗《论贫穷与富有》。他曾与宫廷女官安娜·波琳相恋,后来波琳做了亨利八世的继室,他为此写了许多以爱情为题材的诗歌,《祈求》便是其中一首。


Forget not yet the tried intent1
of such a truth as I have meant;
My great travail2 so gladly spent,
Forget not yet!

Forget not yet when first began
The weary life ye know, since whan
The suit3, the service4 none tell can;
Forget not yet!

Forget not yet the great assays5,
The cruel wrong, the scornful ways,
The painful patience in delays,
Forget not yet!

Forget not! O, forget not this,
How long ago hath been, and is
The mind that never meant amiss—6
Forget not yet!

Forget not then thine own approved7
The which so long has thee so loved,
Whose steadfast faith yet never moved—
Forget not this!


林天斗 译








“Your Majesty knows that before marrying Queen Anne you said to me, Wyatt, I am going to marry Anne Boleyn, what do you think of it? I told your Majesty the that you had better not do so, and you asked me why; to which I replied that she was a bad woman, and your Majesty angrily ordered me to quit your presence for two years. Your majesty did not deign on that occasion to ask my reasons for saying what I did, and since I could not then give them by word of mouth, I will do so now in writing. One day, whilst Mistress Anne’s father and mother were at the Court eight miles from Greenwich, where, as all world knows, they were stationed, I took horse and went thither, arriving when Anne was already in bed. I mounted to her chamber and as soon as she saw me she said, “Good God! Master Wyatt, what are you doing here at this hour?’ I answered her, ‘Lady, a heart tormented as mine has been by yours for long past has urged me hither to ask for some consolation from one who has caused it so much pain.’ I approached her and kissed her, and she remained quiet and silent, and even to still greater familiarities she made no objection, when suddenly I heard a great stamping over the bed in which she slept, and the lady at once rose, slipped on a skirt, and went out by a staircase which led up behind the bed; I waited for her more than an hour but when she came down she would not allow me to approach her.
“I cannot but believe that I was treated in the same way as a gentleman once was in Italy, who was as madly in love with a lady as I was, and was, by his good luck, brought to the same point, when he heard a stamping overhead and the lady rose and went out; but the gentleman in question was wiser than I, for he very soon followed the lady upstairs, and found her in the arms of a groom, and I have no doubt I should have seen the same thing if I had been wise enough to follow her. A week after she was quite at my service, and if your Majesty had deigned to hear me when you banished me, I would have told you then what I write you now.”




[1] Forget not Yet: Anne Boleyn & Thomas Wyatt. http://www.tudorsdynasty.com/forget-not-yet-thomas-wyatt/
[2] Chronicle of King Henry VIII. of England. Being a Contemporary Record of Some of the Principal Events of the Reigns of Henry VIII. and Edward VI. Written in Spanish by an Unknown Hand. https://archive.org/details/chroniclekinghe00humegoog
[3] Spanish Chronicle. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spanish_Chronicle


1the tried intent, etc. : 'the proved purpose of the devotion which I have endeavoured to show.'
2travail: 'toil.'
3since whan The suit: 'for how long I have been your suitor., whan is an earlier form of 'when.'
4the service: i.e. [and] the service [which] none can tell.
5assays: 'trials,' to which you have subjected me.
6I.e.: Remember how long I have been wishing you well, as I do now.
7thine own approved: 'one whom you have tested.'