William Shakespeare

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

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  • 1What is your substance, whereof are you made,
  • Editor’s Note2That millions of strange shadows on you tend?
  • Editor’s Note Link 3Since every one hath, every one, one shade,
  • Editor’s Note4And you, but one, can every shadow lend.
  • Editor’s Note5Describe Adonis, and the counterfeit
  • 6Is poorly imitated after you;
  • 7On Helen's cheek all art of beauty set,
  • Editor’s Note8And you in Grecian tires are painted new.
  • Editor’s Note9Speak of the spring, and foison of the year,
  • 10The one doth shadow of your beauty show,
  • 11The other as your bounty doth appear,
  • Editor’s Note12And you in every blessèd shape we know.
  • 13    In all external grace you have some part,
  • 14    But you like none, none you, for constant heart.

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53.2 tend attend
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53.3 every one hath, every one, one shade each has an individual shadow
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53.4 but one … lend being only one, can cast all shadows reflectively
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53.5 Describe delineate, draw
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53.5 counterfeit likeness, image
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53.8 tires attire
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53.8 new afresh
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53.9 foison harvest-time
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53.12 know recognize
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