Shakespeare's Sonnets: My love is as a fever longing still

Sonnet 147

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): i3v.
2For that which longer nurseth the disease,
3Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,
4Th' uncertain sickly appetite to please.
5My reason, the physician to my love,
6Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,
9Past cure I am, now reason is past care,
10And frantic mad with ever-more unrest.
11My thoughts and my discourse as mad men's are,
13    For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright,
14    Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.


1] still] always. Back to Line
7] desp'rate] desperate Q. approve] find out. Back to Line
8] Desire is] that desire is. except] exclude. Back to Line
12] At random] Scatter-brained. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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