Shakespeare's Sonnets: For shame deny that thou bear'st love to any

Sonnet 10

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): b3r.
1For shame deny that thou bear'st love to any,
2Who for thy self art so unprovident.
4But that thou none lov'st is most evident:
5For thou art so possess't with murd'rous hate
8Which to repair should be thy chief desire:
9O change thy thought that I may change my mind!
10Shall hate be fairer lodg'd than gentle love?
11Be as thy presence is, gracious and kind,
12Or to thy self at least kind-hearted prove.
13    Make thee an other self for love of me,
14    That beauty still may live in thine or thee.


3] thou art] possibly "thou 'rt". Back to Line
6] stick'st not] does not scruple. Back to Line
7] beaut'ous] beauteous Q. roof] dwelling place or lodging (see below line 10 and OED 1c, in which the first two instances of this sense are both by Shakespeare). ruinate] destroy, ruin. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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