Shakespeare's Sonnets: From fairest creatures we desire increase

Sonnet 1

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): b1r.
1From fairest creatures we desire increase
7Making a famine where abundance lies,
8Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel:
9Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
10And only herald to the gaudy spring,
13    Pity the world, or else this glutton be,


2] That] So that. Back to Line
3] riper] the older, more mature one. Back to Line
4] His] Shakespeare writes to a male. Back to Line
5] contracted] betrothed; reduced in size. Back to Line
6] self-substantial] "Derived from one's own substance" (OED; only citation). Back to Line
11] buriest] bisyllabic, elided. Back to Line
12] niggarding] hoarding. Back to Line
14] To eat what the grave owes the world (your body) and what you owe the world (your children). Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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