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The Texts of Sonnets 138 and 144 from The Passionate Pilgrime (1599)

The Passionate Pilgrime. By W. Shakespeare (1599) includes (besides poems which are certainly or probably not by Shakespeare) versions of the two poems which were later printed as Sonnets 138 and 144 in Shake-speares Sonnets (1609). It is not clear whether the 1599 texts are early versions which Shakespeare later revised, or versions which were corrupted in transmission. But because authorial revision is a possibility, the two 1599 texts are reprinted here from the copy in the Wren Library, Trinity College, Cambridge, along with the text of 1609 for comparison. Substantive variants in the texts of 1599 are in bold.

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