This poem written by Thomas Wyatt is said to be about Anne Boleyn. He compares her to a deer and Henry VIII to Caesar.
Whilst imprisoned in the Tower in May 1536 Wyatt wrote this poem reflecting on the fate of those who rose high at court and experienced a reversal of fortune.
After the brutal execution of George Boleyn, Henry Norris, Francis Weston, William Brereton and Mark Smeaton, Thomas Wyatt spent a brief time at court before returning to his father’s castle at Allington. Alison Weir believes it is likely that it was during this time that he completed this longer poem about the sorrow he felt at the loss of his friends.