Shakespeare's Sonnets: Some glory in their birth, some in their skill

Sonnet 91

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): f3v-f4r.
1Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
2Some in their wealth, some in their bodies' force,
4Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
6Wherein it finds a joy above the rest,
10Richer then wealth, prouder than garments' cost,
11Of more delight than hawks or horses be,
13    Wretched in this alone, that thou may'st take
14    All this away, and me most wretched make.


3] new-fangled ill] trendy but bad. Back to Line
5] Extrametrical like line 7. Back to Line
7] measure] "A standard, rule of judgement, etc., against which something may be gauged, determined, or regulated; a criterion, test" (OED, "measure," n., 6). Back to Line
8] gen'ral] generall Q. Back to Line
9] better] bitter Q. Back to Line
12] of all men's pride] of [having] what all men value most. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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