Shakespeare's Sonnets eBook

This eBook from the Gutenberg Project consists of approximately 68 pages of information about Shakespeare's Sonnets.

O me! what eyes hath Love put in my head,
Which have no correspondence with true sight;
Or, if they have, where is my judgment fled,
That censures falsely what they see aright? 
If that be fair whereon my false eyes dote,
What means the world to say it is not so? 
If it be not, then love doth well denote
Love’s eye is not so true as all men’s:  no,
How can it?  O! how can Love’s eye be true,
That is so vexed with watching and with tears? 
No marvel then, though I mistake my view;
The sun itself sees not, till heaven clears. 
  O cunning Love! with tears thou keep’st me blind,
  Lest eyes well-seeing thy foul faults should find.


Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not,
When I against myself with thee partake? 
Do I not think on thee, when I forgot
Am of my self, all tyrant, for thy sake? 
Who hateth thee that I do call my friend,
On whom frown’st thou that I do fawn upon,
Nay, if thou lour’st on me, do I not spend
Revenge upon myself with present moan? 
What merit do I in my self respect,
That is so proud thy service to despise,
When all my best doth worship thy defect,
Commanded by the motion of thine eyes? 
  But, love, hate on, for now I know thy mind,;
  Those that can see thou lov’st, and I am blind.


O! from what power hast thou this powerful might,
With insufficiency my heart to sway? 
To make me give the lie to my true sight,
And swear that brightness doth not grace the day? 
Whence hast thou this becoming of things ill,
That in the very refuse of thy deeds
There is such strength and warrantise of skill,
That, in my mind, thy worst all best exceeds? 
Who taught thee how to make me love thee more,
The more I hear and see just cause of hate? 
O! though I love what others do abhor,
With others thou shouldst not abhor my state: 
  If thy unworthiness rais’d love in me,
  More worthy I to be belov’d of thee.


Love is too young to know what conscience is,
Yet who knows not conscience is born of love? 
Then, gentle cheater, urge not my amiss,
Lest guilty of my faults thy sweet self prove: 
For, thou betraying me, I do betray
My nobler part to my gross body’s treason;
My soul doth tell my body that he may
Triumph in love; flesh stays no farther reason,
But rising at thy name doth point out thee,
As his triumphant prize.  Proud of this pride,
He is contented thy poor drudge to be,
To stand in thy affairs, fall by thy side. 
  No want of conscience hold it that I call
  Her ‘love,’ for whose dear love I rise and fall.


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