Shakespeare's Sonnets: Alas 'tis true, I have gone here and there

Sonnet 110

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): g3v-g4r.
5Most true it is, that I have lookt on truth
12A god in love, to whom I am confin'd.


1] gone here and there] Actors travelled in the provinces. Back to Line
2] motley] clown wearing a fool's multi-coloured clothing. Back to Line
3] Gored] cut into gores or triangular wedges of cloth (OED, "gore," n.2, 3). Back to Line
4] "Probably: repeated my old vices in my new friendships. But Shakespeare may possibly continue the slighting reference to himself as an actor, suggesting that on the stage he re-enacts crimes of long ago. At any rate, the line's precise meaning is debatable" (F. D. Hoeniger, RP [1962]: 393). Back to Line
6] Askance] cynically. strangely] with suspicion. Back to Line
7] blenches] side glances (OED cites no instances of its use for 250 years before Shakespeare revived it here). Back to Line
8] essays] trials. Back to Line
9] have what shall have no end] literally, "accept what is forever." Back to Line
10] grind] torment. Back to Line
11] older friend] the beloved. Back to Line
13] heav'n] heauen Q. Back to Line
14] Ev'n] Euen Q. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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