Shakespeare's Sonnets: Like as to make our appetites more keen

Sonnet 118

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): h1v.
1Like as to make our appetites more keen,
3As to prevent our maladies unseen
6To bitter sauces did I frame my feeding;
8To be diseas'd ere that there was true needing.
10The ills that were not, grew to faults assured
11And brought to medicine a healthful state
13    But thence I learn and find the lesson true,
14    Drugs poison him that so fell sick of you.


2] eager] bitter. urge] intensify. Back to Line
4] purge] vomit, excrete, bloodlet (to void bad humours). Back to Line
5] Ev'n] Euen Q. ne'er] nere Q. Extrametrical, with lines 6-8. Back to Line
7] sick of welfare] made ill by well-being. meetness] appropriateness. Back to Line
9] policy] expedience. Back to Line
12] rank] swollen, full. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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