Shakespeare's Sonnets: When my love swears that she is made of truth

Sonnet 138

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): i1v.
2I do believe her, though I know she lies,
4Unlearnèd in the world's false subtleties.
6Although she knows my days are past the best,
8On both sides thus is simple truth suppress't.
10And wherefore say not I that I am old?
11O love's best habit is in seeming trust,
14    And in our faults by lies we flattered be.


1] truth] faithfulness. Back to Line
3] That] So that. Back to Line
5] vainly] conceitedly; in vain. Back to Line
7] Simply] Simple-mindedly. Back to Line
9] Why doesn't she admit her untruthfulness? Back to Line
12] to have] t'haue Q. told] counted. Back to Line
13] lie] simultaneously, to utter a falsehood; to have sex. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
Publication Notes: 
In The Passionate Pilgrim.
RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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