Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
- 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.
131.1 so as thou art i.e. dark, not conventionally beautiful
131.3 dear fond (or fondly)
131.5 thee behold behold you
131.9 to be sure as proof
131.10 but thinking on when I merely think about
131.11 One … neck in quick succession
131.12 black dark complexion
131.12 judgement's place i.e. opinion
131.13 black not fair, unattractive
131.14 slander i.e. in line 6