Shakespeare's Sonnets: Sweet love, renew thy force, be it not said

Sonnet 56

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SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): d4v.
1Sweet love, renew thy force, be it not said
2Thy edge should blunter be than appetite,
3Which but to-day by feeding is allayed,
4To-morrow sharp'ned in his former might.
5So, love, be thou, although to-day thou fill
7To-morrow see again and do not kill
10Which parts the shore, where two contracted new
11Come daily to the banks, that when they see
12Return of love, more blest may be the view.
14    Makes summers welcome, thrice more wish'd, more rare.


6] wink] shut. Back to Line
8] spirit] pronounced as a single syllable (cf. OED, "sprite"). Back to Line
9] int'rim] interim. Back to Line
13] As] For example. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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