Shakespeare's Sonnets: Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage

Sonnet 26

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): c2r-c2v.
2Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit,
3To thee I send this written ambassage
4To witness duty, not to shew my wit.
5Duty so great, which wit so poor as mine
7But that I hope some good conceit of thine
9Till whatsoever star that guides my moving,
14    Till then, not show my head where thou may'st prove me.


1] Until his accession to the earldom, William Herbert was termed "Lord Herbert." Back to Line
6] shew it] possibly elided. Back to Line
8] will bestow] willbstow Q. bestow it] possibly elided. Back to Line
10] aspect] angle of (astral or planetary) influence. Back to Line
11] tottered] tattered. Back to Line
12] their] Q; thy Jackson. The apparent referent, "whatsoever star" (9) is singular, but Shakespeare does not slavishly make noun and verb agree in number. Back to Line
13] Lines 13-14 are both extrametrical. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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