Shakespeare's Sonnets: How careful was I when I took my way

Sonnet 48

1How careful was I, when I took my way,
2Each trifle under truest bars to thrust
3That to my use it might un-usèd stay
6Most worthy comfort, now my greatest grief,
7Thou best of dearest, and mine only care,
8Art left the prey of every vulgar thief.
9Thee have I not lock't up in any chest,
10Save where thou art not, though I feel thou art,
11Within the gentle closure of my breast,
12From whence at pleasure thou may'st come and part,
13    And even thence thou wilt be stol'n, I fear,


4] wards] guards. Back to Line
5] to whom] in comparison with which. Back to Line
14] truth] faithfulness. Back to Line
Publication Notes: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): d2v-d3r.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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