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1What is your substance, whereof are you made,
3Since everyone hath, everyone, one shade,
4And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
6Is poorly imitated after you;
7On Helen's cheek all art of beauty set,
10The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
11The other as your bounty doth appear;
12And you in every blessed shape we know.
13In all external grace you have some part,
14But you like none, none you, for constant heart.


2] tend: attend, wait upon.
shadows ... shade ... shadow: used quibblingly with the meanings of "silhouette" and "reflection," namely the reflection of the friend's substance. Back to Line
5] counterfeit: likeness. Back to Line
8] tires: attire. Back to Line
9] foison: abundance, i.e., autumn. Back to Line