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  • Title: Shake-speares Sonnets (Quarto 1, 1609)
  • Editors: Hardy M. Cook, Ian Lancashire

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    Author: William Shakespeare
    Editors: Hardy M. Cook, Ian Lancashire
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    Shake-speares Sonnets (Quarto 1, 1609)


    And truly not the morning Sun of Heauen
    Better becomes the gray cheeks of th'East,
    Nor that full Starre that vshers in the Eauen
    Doth halfe that glory to the sober West
    1975As those two morning eyes become thy face:
    O let it then as well beseeme thy heart
    To mourne for me since mourning doth thee grace,
    And sute thy pitty like in euery part.
    Then will I sweare beauty her selfe is blacke,
    1980And all they foule that thy complexion lacke.


    BEshrew that heart that makes my heart to groane
    For that deepe wound it giues my friend and me;
    I'st not ynough to torture me alone,
    1985But slaue to slauery my sweet'st friend must be.
    Me from my selfe thy cruell eye hath taken,
    And my next selfe thou harder hast ingrossed,
    Of him, my selfe, and thee I am forsaken,
    A torment thrice three-fold thus to be crossed :
    1990Prison my heart in thy steele bosomes warde,
    But then my friends heart let my poore heart bale,
    Who ere keepes me, let my heart be his garde,
    Thou canst not then vse rigor in my Iaile.
    And yet thou wilt, for I being pent in thee,
    1995Perforce am thine and all that is in me.


    SO now I haue confest that he is thine,
    And I my selfe am morgag'd to thy will,
    My selfe Ile forfeit, so that other mine,
    2000Thou wilt restore to be my comfort still:
    But thou wilt not, nor he will not be free,
    For thou art couetous, and he is kinde,
    He learnd but suretie-like to write for me,
    Vnder that bond that him as fast doth binde.
    2005The statute of thy beauty thou wilt take,
    Thou vsurer that put'st forth all to vse,