Wyatt, "Mine Own John Poins," ll. 43, 73-6.


I am not he such eloquence to boast

[ . . . ]

[To] Say he is rude that cannot lie and feign

The lecher a lover, and tyranny

To be the right of a prince's reign.

I cannot, I: no, no, it will not be.

Note: I disagree with the Norton editors' decision to place a comma after "feign" in line 73, because it makes the following lines an incomplete sentence.  Wyatt may take poetic liberties to make his rhymes and to compress his poetic line, but here there is no need when the lie and feigning (shamming) he cannot produce is to "feign  The lecher [is] a lover, / and tyranny  To be the right of a prince's reign."  (Here I reproduce the pointing and lineation of the Devonshire MS of the poem--click on the hyperlink and find your way to its magnified version, ten lines from the top in the next to last page.)  The shattering breakdown of the voice in the following line eloquently expresses the force of Wyatt's persona's resistance to the royal "ventriloquism," a substitution of Henry's will for everyone else's, which he says controls all other men's speech when they are successful at court.  In many ways, this particular "epistle" or letter can be read more clearly if one removes all the line breaks and recasts it into sentences and paragraphs.  Then Wyatt's picture of the court, and his charges against it, and his resistance to it, become more easy to make out.