Shakespeare's Sonnets: They that have pow'r to hurt and will do none

Sonnet 94

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): f4v.
1They that have pow'r to hurt and will do none,
3Who, moving others, are themselves as stone,
5They rightly do inherit heav'n's graces
8Others but stewards of their excellence.
9The summer's flow'r is to the summer sweet,
10Though to it self it only live and die,
11But if that flow'r with base infection meet,
13    For sweetest things turn sourest by their deeds:

Notes

2] show] express in their faces (cf. 7). Back to Line
4] cold] could Q. heav'n's] heauens Q. Back to Line
6] husband ... from expense] save from being expended. Back to Line
7] They are] perhaps "They're". own'rs] ownrs Q. Back to Line
12] his] the flower's. Back to Line
14] This line was spoken by the Countess of Salisbury about the king in Edward III 2.1.451, an anonymous play now accepted to have been written, in part, by Shakespeare. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
1609
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
RPO Edition: 
2008
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