Who List His Wealth….

Tudor Art 2_JPG

 Anne Boleyn by Adam Chater


Who List his Wealth and Ease retain

by Sir Thomas Wyatt


Who list his wealth and ease retain,
Himself let him unknown contain.
Press not too fast in at that gate
Where the return stands by disdain:
For sure, circa Regna tonat.

The high mountains are blasted oft
When the low valley is mild and soft.
Fortune with Health stands at debate.
The fall is grievous from aloft.
And sure, circa Regna tonat.

The Bell Tower showed me such sight
That in my head sticks day and night.
There did I learn out of a grate,
For all favor, glory, or might,
That yet circa Regna tonat.

By proof, I say, there did I learn:
Wit helpeth  not defense to yerne,
Of innocence to plead or prate.
Bear low, therefore, give God the stern,
For sure, circa Regna tonat.


 Latin: circa Regna tonat is taken from Seneca’s, Phaedra, and translates to “He [Jupiter] thunders around thrones.”

It is thought Sir Thomas wrote this from The Tower of London where he was being held on charges of committing adultery with Anne Boleyn. He also watched her beheading from his cel. I am busy studying, but I found this tragically beautiful. The art is from a middle school boy in Devonshire. I found it beautiful too.

19 thoughts on “Who List His Wealth….

  1. I love this, great writing, great art work, all wrapped around one fascinating time in history. 🙂

  2. Dewin Nefol says:

    Hey Sindy,

    Out of interest I did a little digging to discover more on Thomas Wyatt as he was unknown to me, and for those that are interested, he has quite a lively background and a fine body of work to peruse. And whilst Wyatt became notorious for his political views and writings on the instability and untrustworthiness of court life, he is arguably best known for his work on the poetic translation of psalms, although for the contemporary reader, his sonnets and lively verse on the subjects of love and politics continue to inflame the heart. Fascinating.

    This haunting poem feels almost torn from the wretched heart of an imprisoned man whose infatuation and love for Anne had to always remain a distant longing…it is so full of sentimentality and aching loss. The third stanza in particularly is very moving.

    I also enjoyed the simplicity and rich colour in the image you’ve chosen and found it balanced the dark intensity of the poem nicely. Thank you for introducing me to this disquieting poet who has stepped out of the pages of a romantic history book to leave his melancholy impress on my heart.

    Namaste SS

    DN – 12/10/2014

  3. Dewin Nefol says:

    Thank you Sindy 🙂

    The Tudor period was indeed a very rich, complex and scandalous period in history, as Wyatt’s story attests, but sadly it is not one that I am as familiar with as perhaps I should be, so I’ll be most interested to see how your fascination and intrigue with all things Tudor informs and influences your own writing and leads to further articles being posted on your Blog.

    Enjoy your afternoon and evening 🙂

    DN – 12/10/2014

    • Oh Friend, as you know I must go further back to Sir Gawain. I only watch movies and television series on this period. It was just shared in passing. 😀

      • Dewin Nefol says:

        Why of course I remember that you are imaginatively lost in the wilds of a 14th century chivalric romance following Sir Gawain, your adventuring Knight, as he rides towards the Green Chapel and the fair Lady Bertilak who waits in the Dark Forest to tease, test, and seduce our hero. But will nature win out over chivalry…will Sir Gawain uphold the virtues of the Pentacle or give in to hedonism and desire?

        Happy reading Sindy 🙂


        DN – 13/10/2014

      • lol DN Now everyone will want to go read with that kind of promo. 😉 ❤

  4. Aquileana says:

    Beautiful choice…. It is an epic poem with fairy tales blends (or kinda) …
    I like it very much and also the painting.
    I m wishing you a great week ahead, Sindy… Love, Aquileana 😛

  5. A sad lament on a tragic tale of love.. Thank you for sharing both the poem and the wonderful art 🙂

  6. Maeandra Mae says:

    Lovely poem and great picture. The words are so still so powerful and moving…Brightest Blessings 🙂

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