Shakespeare's Sonnets: Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me

Sonnet 132

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SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): h4r-h4v.
1Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me,
3Have put on black, and loving mourners be,
6Better becomes the gray cheeks of th' east,
8Doth half that glory to the sober west
10O let it then as well beseem thy heart
11To mourn for me since mourning doth thee grace
13    Then will I swear beauty her self is black,
14    And all they foul that thy complexion lack.


2] Knowing] Knowing that. Back to Line
4] ruth] mercy. Back to Line
5] heav'n] heauen Q. Back to Line
7] full star] Venus, the evening star. ev'n] euen Q. Back to Line
9] morning] morning Q (cf. line 5). Often emended to "mourning", which Shakespeare assuredly puns on here, but the star to which he compares her is named both the morning and the evening star. Back to Line
12] suit thy pity like] uniformly dress your pity; are appropriate to your pity. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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