Shakespeare's Sonnets: Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye

Sonnet 9

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): b2v.
1Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
2That thou consum'st thy self in single life?
4The world will wail thee like a makeless wife,
5The world will be thy widow and still weep
6That thou no form of thee hast left behind,
7When every private widow well may keep,
8By children's eyes, her husband's shape in mind:
9Look what an unthrift in the world doth spend
11But beauty's waste hath in the world an end,
14    That on himself such murd'rous shame commits.


3] hap] chance. makeless] matchless; unmated. Back to Line
10] enjoys it] possibly elided as "enjoys 't". The spendthrift's money only changes hands (and is not lost). Back to Line
12] destroys it] possibly elided as "destroys 't". Back to Line
13] tow'rd] toward Q. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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