Shakespeare's Sonnets: Why is my verse so barren of new pride?

Sonnet 76

Original Text: 
SHAKE-SPEARES SONNETS (London: G. Eld for T. T. and sold by William Aspley, 1609): e4v.
2So far from variation or quick change?
4To new-found methods, and to compounds strange?
5Why write I still all one, ever the same,
8Showing their birth, and where they did proceed?
9O know, sweet love, I always write of you,
10And you and love are still my argument:
11So all my best is dressing old words new,
12Spending again what is already spent:
13    For as the sun is daily new and old,
14    So is my love still telling what is told.


1] pride] showiness. Back to Line
3] with the time] following a current trend. Back to Line
6] a noted weed] a recognizable dress. Back to Line
7] feal] fel Q. Often emended as "tell" to accord with the last line (a reasonable and attractive conjecture), but "fel" can mean "conceal". If editing cannot cure a textual problem, it can at least keep as close to the original as possible. Back to Line
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RPO poem Editors: 
Ian Lancashire
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