Shakespeare's Sonnets: Against that time (if ever that time come)

Sonnet 49

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): d3r.
2When I shall see thee frown on my defects,
6And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye,
7When love converted from the thing it was
8Shall reasons find of settled gravity;
10Within the knowledge of mine own desert,
12To guard the lawful reasons on thy part;
13    To leave poor me thou hast the strength of laws,
14    Since why to love I can allege no cause.


1] Against] Anticipating. Back to Line
3] cast his utmost sum] added up the final reckoning. Back to Line
4] respects] considerations (OED, "respect," n., 14a). Back to Line
5] strangely] as if we were strangers. Back to Line
9] ensconce] "shelter within or behind a fortification" (OED, 2b). Back to Line
11] uprear] raise up, as a guard who bars the way. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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