Shakespeare's Sonnets: Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend

Sonnet 4

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): b1v.
2Upon thy self thy beauty's legacy?
3Nature's bequest gives nothing but doth lend,
7Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
10Thou of thy self thy sweet self dost deceive;
11Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
12What acceptable audit can'st thou leave?
13    Thy unus'd beauty must be tomb'd with thee,
14    Which usèd lives th' executor to be.


1] Unthrifty] wasteful, profligate. Back to Line
4] those are free] those who are generous, noble. Back to Line
5] beauteous] disyllabic here. niggard] miserly. Back to Line
6] largess] liberality. giv'n: given Q. Back to Line
8] live] subsist. Back to Line
9] traffic] trade, business. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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