William Shakespeare

Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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  • Editor’s Note1Those pretty wrongs that liberty commits
  • 2When I am sometime absent from thy heart
  • Link 3Thy beauty, and thy years full well befits,
  • Editor’s Note4For still temptation follows where thou art.
  • 5Gentle thou art, and therefore to be won;
  • 6Beauteous thou art, therefore to be assailed.
  • 7And when a woman woos, what woman's son
  • Editor’s Note8Will sourly leave her till he have prevailed?
  • Editor’s Note9Ay me, but yet thou mightst my seat forbear,
  • 10And chide thy beauty and thy straying youth
  • Editor’s Note11Who lead thee in their riot even there
  • Editor’s Note12Where thou art forced to break a twofold troth:
  • 13    Hers, by thy beauty tempting her to thee;
  • 14    Thine, by thy beauty being false to me.

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41.1 pretty engaging little
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41.1 liberty improper freedom, self-indulgence
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41.4 still continually
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41.8 he have prevailed he has had his way (sometimes emended to 'she …')
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41.9 seat rightful place (his mistress)
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41.11 riot debauchery
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41.12 twofold troth i.e. her and your loyalty to me ('troth' = pledge, promise)
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