Shakespeare's Sonnets: I never saw that you did painting need

Sonnet 83

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): f2r.
1I never saw that you did painting need
3I found (or thought I found) you did exceed
8Speaking of worth, what worth in you doth grow.
9This silence for my sin you did impute,
11For I impair not beauty, being mute,
12When others would give life and bring a tomb.
13    There lives more life in one of your fair eyes


2] your fair] your handsomeness. Back to Line
4] tender] offer to discharge a liability (OED, "tender," n.2, 1b). Back to Line
5] slept in your report] been inactive in writing about you. Back to Line
6] extant] alive. Back to Line
7] modern] ordinary. Back to Line
10] dumb] silent. Back to Line
14] both your poets] presumably Shakespeare and the rival poet. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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