Shakespeare's Sonnets: Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate

Sonnet 142

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): i2v.
2Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving.
3O but with mine, compare thou thine own state,
5Or if it do, not from those lips of thine
7And seal'd false bonds of love as oft as mine,
10Whom thine eyes woo as mine importune thee,
11Root pity in thy heart that, when it grows,
12Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.
13    If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,


1] dear] worthy. Back to Line
4] it] my state. Back to Line
6] scarlet ornaments] lipstick. Back to Line
8] deprived their wed partners of sex as contracted in marriage vows. Back to Line
9] Be 't] Be it Q. Back to Line
14] denied] denied love, sexual pleasure. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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