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Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy will,
And will to boot, and will in overplus:
More than enough am I that vex thee still,
To thy sweet will making addition thus.
Wilt thou, whose will is large and spacious,
Not once vouchsafe to hide my will in thine?
Shall will in others seem right gracious,
And in my will no fair acceptance shine?
The

sea, all water, yet receives rain still,
And in abundance addeth to his store;
So thou, being rich in will, add to thy will
One will of mine, to make thy large will more.

Let no unkind, no fair beseechers kill;
Think all but one, and me in that one Will.

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If thy soul check thee that I come so near,
Swear to thy blind soul that I was thy Will,
And will, thy soul knows, is admitted there;
Thus far for love, my love-suit, sweet, fulfil.
Will will fulfil the treasure of thy love,
Ay, fill it full with wills, and my will one.
In things of great receipt with ease we prove,
Among a number one is reckoned none. *
Then in the number let me pass untold,
Though in thy stores’ account I one must be;
For nothing hold me, so it please thee hold
That nothing me, a something sweet to thee:

Make but my name thy love, and love that still ;
And then thou lov'st me, for my name is Will.

137 Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes, That they behold, and see not what they see?

* Which on more view of many, mine, being one, May stand in number, though in reckoning none.

Romeo and Juliet, i. 2. * A several, in its general signification, was an enclosed pasture. Several had also a special legal signification, and meant a portion of common assigned to a particular proprietor for a specified term, the right of common being waived, for the time being, by the other com

They know what beauty is, see where it lies,
Yet what the best is, take the worst to be.
If eyes, corrupt by over-partial looks,
Be anchored in the bay where all men ride,
Why of eyes' falsehood hast thou forged hooks,
Whereto the judgment of my heart is tied?
Why should my heart think that a several plot,*
Which

my

heart knows the wide world's common place? Or mine eyes seeing this, say this is not, To put fair truth upon so foul a face?

In things right true my heart and eyes have erred, And to this false plague are they now transferred.

138 When

my love swears that she is made of truth,
I do believe her, though I know she lies;
That she might think me some untutored youth,
Unlearned in the world's false subtleties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue;
On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed.
But wherefore says she not, she is unjust ?
And wherefore say not I, that I am old?
0, love's best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years

Therefore I lie with her, and she with me,
And in our faults by lies we flattered be.

told :

139 (), call not me to justify the wrong, That thy unkindness lays upon my heart;

This is the meaning in which it is here used.

moners.

Wound me not with thine eye, but with thy tongue;
Use power with power, and slay me not by art.
Tell me, thou lovest elsewhere; but in my sight,
Dear heart, forbear to glance thine eye aside.
What need’st thou wound with cunning, when thy

might
Is more than my o’erpressed defence can 'bide?
Let me excuse thee: ah! my love well knows
Her pretty looks have been mine enemies;
And therefore from my face she turns my foes,
That they elsewhere might dart their injuries :

Yet do not so; but since I am near slain,
Kill me outright with looks, and rid my pain.

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Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
My tongue-tied patience with too much disdain;
Lest sorrow lend me words, and words express
The manner of my pity-wanting pain.
If I might teach thee wit, better it were,
Though not to love, yet, love, to tell me so;
As testy sick men, when their deaths be near,
No news but health from their physicians know;
For, if I should despair, I should grow mad,
And in my madness might speak ill of thee:
Now this, ill-wresting world is grown so bad,
Mad slanderers by mad ears believed be.

That I may not be so, nor thou belied, [wide.
Bear thine eyes straight, though thy proud heart go

141 In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors note; But 'tis my heart that loves what they despise, Who in despite of view is pleased to dote. Nor are mine ears with thy tongue's tune delighted; Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone;

Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited
To any sensual feast with thee alone :
But
my

five wits, nor my five senses can
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,
Who leaves unswayed the likeness of a man,
Thy proud heart's slave and vassal wretch to be:

Only my plague thus far I count my gain, That she that makes me sin, awards me pain.

142 Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate, Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving: O, but with mine compare thou thine own state, And thou shalt find it merits not reproving; Or if it do, not from those lips of thine, That have profaned their scarlet ornaments, And sealed false bonds of love as oft as mine; Robbed others' beds revenues of their rents. Be it lawful I love thee, as thou lov'st those Whom thine eyes woo as mine impòrtune thee: Root pity in thine heart, that when it grows, Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.

If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide, By self-example mayst thou be denied !

143 Lo, as a careful housewife runs to catch One of her feathered creatures broke away, Sets down her babe, and makes all swift despatch In pùrsuit of the thing she would have stay; Whilst her neglected child holds her in chase, Cries to catch her whose busy care is bent To follow that which flies before her face, Not prizing her poor infant's discontent; So run'st thou after that which flies from thee, Whilst I thy babe chase thee afar behind; But if thou catch thy hope, turn back to me, And play the mother's part, kiss me, be kind :

So will I pray that thou mayst have thy Will,
If thou turn back, and my loud crying still.

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Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which like two spirits do suggest * me still
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman, coloured ill.
To win me soon to hell, my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her foul pride.
And whether that my angel be turned fiend,
Suspect I may, yet not directly tell;
But being both from me, both to each friend,
I

guess one angel in another's hell.
Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
Till

my bad angel fire my good one out.

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Those lips that Love's own hand did make,
Breathed forth the sound that said, 'I hate,'
To me that languished for her sake:
But when she saw my woful state,
Straight in her heart did mercy come,
Chiding that tongue, that ever sweet
Was used in giving gentle doom;
And taught it thus anew to greet:
• I hate,' she altered with an end,
That followed it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who, like a fiend,
From heaven to hell is flown away.

I hate,' from hate away she threw,
And saved my life, saying—Not you.'+

Tempt. + It will be observed that this sonnet is written in octo-syllabic verse.

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