A Balade of Complaint

By Geoffrey Chaucer

BalComp 1 Compleyne ne koude, ne might myn herte never,
BalComp 2 My peynes halve, ne what torment I have,
BalComp 3 Though that I sholde in your presence ben ever,
BalComp 4 Myn hertes lady, as wisly he me save
BalComp 5 That Bountee made, and Beautee list to grave
BalComp 6 In your persone, and bad hem bothe in-fere
BalComp 7 Ever t’ awayte, and ay be wher ye were.
BalComp 8 As wisly he gye alle my joyes here
BalComp 9 As I am youres, and to yow sad and trewe,
BalComp 10 And ye, my lyf and cause of my gode chere,
BalComp 11 And deeth also, whan ye my peynes newe,
BalComp 12 My worldes joye, whom I wol serve and sewe,
BalComp 13 Myn heven hool, and al my suffisaunce,
BalComp 14 Whom for to serve is set al my plesaunce.
BalComp 15 Beseching yow in my most humble wyse
BalComp 16 T’ accepte in worth this litel pore dyte,
BalComp 17 And for my trouthe my servyce not despyse,
BalComp 18 Myn observaunce eke have not in despyte,
BalComp 19 Ne yit to longe to suffren in this plyte;
BalComp 20 I yow beseche, myn hertes lady, here,
BalComp 21 Sith I yow serve, and so wil yeer by yere.