Shakespeare's Sonnets: As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou grow'st

Sonnet 11

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): b3r.
2In one of thine, from that which thou depart'st,
3And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestow'st
5Herein lives wisdom, beauty, and increase,
7If all were minded so, the times should cease,
9Let those whom nature hath not made for store,
14    Thou should'st print more, not let that copy die.


1] grow'st] growest Q. Back to Line
4] convert'st] conuertest Q ("turns"). Back to Line
6] Without this] outside this. Back to Line
8] threescore year] sixty years, the absolute terminus of any person's life. Back to Line
10] perhaps elided as "per'sh". Back to Line
11] the] possibly "thee". Back to Line
12] bount'ous] bounteous Q. perhaps elided as "cher'sh". Back to Line
13] seal] a stamp by which an authority signs its approval. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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