Shakespeare's Sonnets: Oh truant muse, what shall be thy amends

Sonnet 101

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): g1v-g2r.
1Oh truant muse, what shall be thy amends
4So dost thou too, and therein dignified.
8But best is best, if never intermix't?
10Excuse not silence so, for 't lies in thee
11To make him much out-live a gilded tomb
12And to be prais'd of ages yet to be.
14    To make him seem long hence, as he shows now.


2] dyed] di'd Q. Back to Line
3] love] beloved. Back to Line
5] haply] maybe. Back to Line
6] fixt] unchanging. Back to Line
7] pencil] painting brush (OED 1b). Possibly pensell Q (a banner). lay] lay down (as colours in strata). Back to Line
9] dumb] mute. Back to Line
13] thy office] your duty. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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