Shakespeare's Sonnets: How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame

Sonnet 95

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): f4v.
1How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
5That tongue that tells the story of thy days
7Cannot dispraise but in a kind of praise,
9Oh what a mansion have those vices got,
10Which for their habitation chose out thee,
11Where beauty's veil doth cover every blot,
13    Take heed (dear heart) of this large privilege,
14    The hardest knife ill us'd doth lose his edge.


2] canker] caterpillar. Back to Line
3] name!] name? Q. Back to Line
4] do'st] doest Q. Back to Line
6] sport] love-making. Back to Line
8] A subordinator "that" at the line's beginning is understood. Back to Line
12] all things turns] turns all things. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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