Shakespeare's Sonnets: Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness

Sonnet 96

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): f4v-g1r.
1Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness,
2Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport:
5As on the finger of a thronèd queen,
6The basest jewel will be well esteem'd,
7So are those errors that in thee are seen,
8To truths translated, and for true things deem'd.
9How many lambs might the stern wolf betray,
10If like a lamb he could his looks translate?
13    But do not so, I love thee in such sort,


3] more and less] nobility and commoners. Back to Line
4] "You make faults that resort to you to be graces." Back to Line
11] might'st: mighst Q. Back to Line
12] state] noble rank and position in society. Back to Line
14] The concluding couplet occurs also in sonnet 36 (lines 13-14). Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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