Shakespeare's Sonnets: Thy bosom is endearèd with all hearts

Sonnet 31

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): c3r-c3v.
1Thy bosom is endearèd with all hearts,
2Which I by lacking have supposèd dead,
3And there reigns love and all love's loving parts,
4And all those friends which I thought burièd.
6Hath dear religious love stol'n from mine eye
9Thou art the grave where buried love doth live,
10Hung with the trophies of my lovers gone,
11Who all their parts of me to thee did give,
12That due of many, now is thine alone.
13    Their images I lov'd, I view in thee,
14    And thou (all they) hast all the all of me.


5] obsequious] dutiful. Back to Line
7] interest of] just claim on. Back to Line
8] there] frequently emended to "thee", but unnecessarily, given "And there reigns love" (3), that is, the beloved's "bosom" (1). The mourned dead lie hidden "there" (in it). Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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