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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)



    WHy didst thou promise such a beautious day,
    And make me trauaile forth without my cloake,
    To let bace cloudes ore-take me in my way,
    Hiding thy brau'ry in their rotten smoke.
    500Tis not enough that through the cloude thou breake,
    To dry the raine on my storme-beaten face,
    For no man well of such a salue can speake,
    That heales the wound, and cures not the disgrace:
    Nor can thy shame giue phisicke to my griefe,
    505Though thou repent , yet I haue still the losse,
    Th'offenders sorrow lends but weake reliefe
    To him that beares the strong offenses losse.
    Ah but those teares are pearle which thy loue sheeds,
    And they are ritch, and ransome all ill deeds.


    NO more bee greeu'd at that which thou hast done,
    Roses haue thornes, and siluer fountaines mud,
    Cloudes and eclipses staine both Moone and Sunne,
    And loathsome canker liues in sweetest bud.
    515All men make faults, and euen I in this,
    Authorizing thy trespas with compare,
    My selfe corrupting saluing thy amisse,
    Excusing their sins more then their sins are:
    For to thy sensuall fault I bring in sence,
    520Thy aduerse party is thy Aduocate,
    And gainst my selfe a lawfull plea commence,
    Such ciuill war is in my loue and hate,
    That I an accessary needs must be,
    To that sweet theefe which sourely robs from me,


    LEt me confesse that we two must be twaine,
    Although our vndeuided loues are one:
    So shall those blots that do with me remaine,
    Without thy helpe , by me be borne alone.
    530In our two loues there is but one respect,