Shakespeare's Sonnets: Who will believe my verse in time to come

Sonnet 17

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): b4r-b4v.
1Who will believe my verse in time to come
2If it were fill'd with your most high deserts?
5If I could write the beauty of your eyes,
7The age to come would say this poet lies,
9So should my papers (yellowed with their age)
10Be scorn'd, like old men of less truth than tongue,
11And your true rights be term'd a poet's rage,
13    But were some child of yours alive that time,
14    You should live twice, in it and in my rhyme.


3] heav'n] heauen Q. Back to Line
4] parts] qualities. Back to Line
6] Extrametrical line: Shakespeare anticipates here and in line 8 the "stretchèd metre of an antique song". numbers] verses. Back to Line
8] heav'nly] heauenly Q. Extrametrical line. ne'er] near Q. Back to Line
12] metre] miter Q. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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