Shakespeare's Sonnets: When thou shalt be disposed to set me light

Sonnet 88

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): f3r.
2And place my merit in the eye of scorn,
3Upon thy side against my self I'll fight
4And prove thee virtuous, though thou art forsworn.
5With mine own weakness being best acquainted,
6Upon thy part I can set down a story
7Of faults conceal'd, wherein I am attainted
9And I by this will be a gainer too,
10For bending all my loving thoughts on thee,
11The injuries that to my self I do,
12Doing thee vantage, double vantage me.
13    Such is my love, to thee I so belong,
14    That for thy right my self will bear all wrong.


1] disposed] dispode Q. set me light] disvalue or slight me (OED, "light, a.1, 13d). Back to Line
8] That] So that. losing] demeaning publicly (OED "lose," v. 1, 2b); possibly also "releasing." Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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