Shakespeare's Sonnets: But be contented when that fell arrest

Sonnet 74

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): e4r-e4v.
3My life hath in this line some interest,
5When thou reviewest this, thou dost review
7The earth can have but earth, which is his due,
9So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life,
10The prey of worms, my body being dead,


1] fell] terrible. Back to Line
2] all] any. bail] payment to secure one's release from custody. Back to Line
4] memor'al] memoriall Q. Back to Line
6] was] that was. Back to Line
8] spirit] pronounced as a single syllable (cf. OED, "sprite"). Back to Line
11] wretch] age (see 63.10). Back to Line
12] remembèred] remembred Q. Back to Line
13] of that] of my body (line 10). Back to Line
14] is this] is the poem (line 5). Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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