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 Note1When I have seen by time's fell hand defaced
  • Editor’s Note2The rich proud cost of outworn buried age;
  • Editor’s Note3When sometime lofty towers I see down razed,
  • Editor’s Note4And brass eternal slave to mortal rage;
  • 5When I have seen the hungry ocean gain
  • 6Advantage on the kingdom of the shore,
  • Editor’s Note7And the firm soil win of the wat'ry main,
  • Editor’s Note8Increasing store with loss, and loss with store;
  • Editor’s Note9When I have seen such interchange of state,
  • Editor’s Note10Or state itself confounded to decay,
  • 11Ruin hath taught me thus to ruminate:
  • 12That time will come and take my love away.
  • Editor’s Note13    This thought is as a death which cannot choose
  • Editor’s Note14    But weep to have that which it fears to lose.

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64.1 fell cruel
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64.2 proud … age ostentatious (objects of the) expense of times now worn away and buried
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64.3 sometime once
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64.4 eternal (modifies brass)
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64.4 mortal rage violence which deals, and is subject to, death
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64.7 win of gain at the expense of
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64.8 Increasing … store adding to the stock of one by loss of the other, and vice versa
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64.9 state condition, territory, sovereignty
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64.10 state grandeur, stability
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64.13 which in that it (thought)
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64.14 to have at having
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