Shakespeare's Sonnets: So am I as the rich whose blessèd key

Sonnet 52

1So am I as the rich whose blessèd key
3The which he will not ev'ry hour survey
5Therefore are feasts so solemn and so rare,
6Since seldom coming in the long year set,
7Like stones of worth they thinly placèd are,
9So is the time that keeps you as my chest,
10Or as the ward-robe which the robe doth hide
12By new unfolding his imprison'd pride.
13    Blessèd are you whose worthiness gives scope,
14    Being had, to triumph, being lack't, to hope.


2] Extrametrical, with line 4. Back to Line
4] Extrametrical. seldom] rare. Back to Line
8] captain] principal, outstanding. carcanet] "ornamental collar or necklace, usually of gold or set with jewels" (OED). Back to Line
11] instant] moment. Back to Line
Publication Notes: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): d3v.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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