William Shakespeare

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

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pg 2873131

  • Editor’s Note1Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,
  • 2As those whose beauties proudly make them cruel;
  • Editor’s Note3For well thou know'st to my dear doting heart
  • 4Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.
  • Editor’s Note5Yet, in good faith, some say, that thee behold,
  • 6Thy face hath not the power to make love groan.
  • 7To say they err, I dare not be so bold,
  • 8Although I swear it to myself alone;
  • Editor’s Note9And, to be sure that is not false I swear,
  • Editor’s Note10A thousand groans but thinking on thy face
  • Editor’s Note11One on another's neck do witness bear
  • Editor’s Note12Thy black is fairest in my judgement's place.
  • Editor’s Note13    In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds,
  • Editor’s Note14    And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.

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131.1 so as thou art i.e. dark, not conventionally beautiful
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131.3 dear fond (or fondly)
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131.5 thee behold behold you
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131.9 to be sure as proof
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131.10 but thinking on when I merely think about
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131.11 One … neck in quick succession
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131.12 black dark complexion
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131.12 judgement's place i.e. opinion
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131.13 black not fair, unattractive
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131.14 slander i.e. in line 6
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