Shakespeare's Sonnets: That thou hast her it is not all my grief

Sonnet 42

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): d1v.
1That thou hast her it is not all my grief,
4A loss in love that touches me more nearly.
5Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye,
6Thou dost love her because thou know'st I love her,
10And losing her, my friend hath found that loss,
11Both find each other, and I lose both twain,
12And both for my sake lay on me this cross.
13    But here's the joy, my friend and I are one;
14    Sweet flattery! then she loves but me alone.


2] There are extrametrical lines here and at 4-8. Back to Line
3] of my wailing chief] foremost cause for my complaining. Back to Line
7] ev'n] euen Q. abuse] deceive, mistreat. Back to Line
8] approve] put to the test of sexual experience (OED, "approve," v.1, 8). Back to Line
9] lose] loose Q. This spelling, here and in the next two lines, could pun on the verb "loose," meaning "absolve" and "release." Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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