Shakespeare's Sonnets: Accuse me thus, that I have scanted all

Sonnet 117

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SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): h1r.

2Wherein I should your great deserts repay,
3Forgot upon your dearest love to call
4Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day,
7That I have hoisted sail to all the winds
8Which should transport me farthest from your sight.
9Book both my wilfulness and errors down
10And on just proof surmise, accumulate,
12But shoot not at me in your wakened hate
14    The constancy and virtue of your love.


1] scanted] neglected. Back to Line
5] frequent ... with] often in company with. Back to Line
6] giv'n] giuen Q. Shakespeare gives his company and life to time rather than to the beloved. Back to Line
11] level] aim. Back to Line
13] appeal] plea. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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