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pg 210 Sonnet. 18

  • Most faier: [the altered to] The feeld is yowrs: now stay yor hands
  • No power is left to stryue: less to rebell.
  • I pleasure take, that at yowr blowes I fell
  • and lawrell weare, in Triumph of my bands
  • Ah how, [those] yowr eyes, the ioies of peace, seem brands
  • to wast, what conquest hath, assured so well
  • How [those] yowr lawgiuing lips, in [pure] prowd redd swell
  • whyle my captiued sowl, at mercy stands.
  • O best: O onely faier: suffer these eyes
  • to liue, wch wayte yowr will, humble and true
  • These knees wch from yowr feet do neuer ryse
  • These hands, wch still held vp, sweare faith to you
  • O saue: doe not destroy what is yowr own
  • [A altered to] Iust prince to spoile himself, was neuer know̄

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pg 211Editor’s Note Sonnet 18

  • 1Most fair: the field is yours—now stay your hands;
  • 2No power is left to strive, less to rebel.
  • 3I pleasure take that at your blows I fell,
  • Editor’s Note4And laurel wear in triumph of my bands.
  • 5Ah how your eyes, the joys ofpeace, seem brands
  • 6To waste what conquest hath assured so well;
  • 7How your lawgiving lips in proud red swell,
  • 8While my captivèd soul at mercy stands.
  • 9O best, O only fair: suffer these eyes
  • 10To live, which wait your will humble and true;
  • 11These knees, which from your feet do never rise,
  • 12These hands, which still held up swear faith to you,
  • 13O save: do not destroy what is your own.
  • 14Just prince to spoil himself was never known.

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Editor’s Note
This sonnet, where the poet-lover takes pleasure in his helpless enslavement, is directly followed by a sonnet where he is bitter about that same enslavement ('Unstaid and skittish in all motions else Save in the constant image of the creature That is beloved': see pp. 106–8).
Editor’s Note
4 The poet wears the emblem of victory in celebration of his defeat by the beloved.
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