Shakespeare's Sonnets: How can my muse want subject to invent

Sonnet 38

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): c4v-d1r.
1How can my muse want subject to invent
2While thou dost breathe that pour'st into my verse
3Thine own sweet argument, too excellent
4For every vulgar paper to rehearse?
5Oh give thy self the thanks if aught in me
6Worthy perusal stand against thy sight,
8When thou thy self dost give invention light?
11And he that calls on thee, let him bring forth
14    The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise.


7] dumb] mute. Back to Line
9] Classical sources name nine muses, one for each art form. Back to Line
10] invocate] call on, invoke. Back to Line
12] numbers] verses, characterized by metrical feet. Shakespeare counted the syllables in his lines. Back to Line
13] curious] fastidious. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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