Shakespeare's Sonnets: Wer't ought to me I bore the canopy

Sonnet 125

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): h2v-h3r.
1Wer't ought to me I bore the canopy,
4Which proves more short than waste or ruining?
6Lose all and more by paying too much rent
9No, let me be obsequious in thy heart,
14    When most impeach't stands least in thy control.


2] extern] outward appearance. Possibly Shakespeare refers to events at the triumph celebrating the coronation of James I. Back to Line
3] bases] OED, "base," n.1, 3a: "The part of a column, consisting of the plinth and various mouldings, between the bottom of the shaft and top of the pedestal, or, if there is no pedestal, between the shaft and the pavement." Back to Line
5] Extrametrical, with line 7. Back to Line
7] forgoing] doing without. Back to Line
8] spent] worn out. Back to Line
10] oblation] gift, as to the church. Back to Line
11] seconds] inferior things. Back to Line
12] render] "The act of rendering up, or making over to another; surrender (of a person or place)" (OED, "render," n. 2, 2). Back to Line
13] suborn'd] corrupted by bribes. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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