Sonnet LXVI: Tir'd with all these, for Restful Death

Original Text: 
William Shakespeare, Shake-speares sonnets (London: G. Eld for T. T., 1609). STC 22353. Facs. edn.: London: J. Cape, 1925. PR 2750 B48 1609b ROBA.
1Tir'd with all these, for restful death I cry,
2As, to behold desert a beggar born,
5And gilded honour shamefully misplac'd,
6And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
7And right perfection wrongfully disgrac'd,
9And art made tongue-tied by authority,
12And captive good attending captain ill.
13Tir'd with all these, from these would I be gone,


3] needy nothing: i.e., the undeserving. Back to Line
4] unhappily: evilly. Back to Line
8] strength ... disabled: strength of character crushed by incompetent authority; or possibly, but less likely: a man strong in body or mind overcome by drunkenness.
disabled is pronounced as four syllables: disabeled. Back to Line
10] doctor: learned person. Back to Line
11] simplicity: folly. Back to Line
14] to die: by dying. Back to Line
Publication Start Year: 
RPO poem Editors: 
F. D. Hoeniger
RPO Edition: 
3RP 1.141.