Shakespeare's Sonnets: Who ever hath her wish, thou hast thy Will
4To thy sweet will making addition thus.
7Shall will in others seem right gracious
8And in my will no fair acceptance shine?
9The sea, all water, yet receives rain still,
10And in abundance addeth to his store,
11So thou being rich in Will add to thy Will,
12One will of mine to make thy large Will more.
14 Think all but one, and me in that one Will.
1] hath] may have. thy Will] desire, carnal appetite (OED, "will," n. 1, 2), punning on the name of her lovers. Back to Line
2] Will to boot] William (the poet author; OED, "Will," n.3). Will in over-plus] Shakespeare's friend, if he is William Herbert. Back to Line
3] still] ever. Back to Line
5] will] playing on its sexual meaning, the woman's vagina. Back to Line
6] vouchsafe] permit. my will] playing on its sexual meaning, the man's penis. Back to Line
13] unkind] unkind (beseechers). Back to Line
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): i1r.
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