Shakespeare's Sonnets: If the dull substance of my flesh were thought

Sonnet 44

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): d2r.
1If the dull substance of my flesh were thought,
3For then, despite of space, I would be brought
5No matter then, although my foot did stand
6Upon the farthest earth remov'd from thee,
7For nimble thought can jump both sea and land
8As soon as think the place where he would be.
10To leap large lengths of miles when thou art gone,
12I must attend time's leisure with my moan,


2] Injurious] elided. Back to Line
4] where] to where. Back to Line
9] I am not thought] i.e., that I have flesh rather than thought. Back to Line
11] earth and water] two of the four elements.wrought] am I made. Back to Line
13] naughts] nothings. We expect "nought" but a plural suits "heavy tears," to which "naughts" refers. Back to Line
14] But] Merely. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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