William Shakespeare

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

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pg 2876Editor’s Note138

  • 1When my love swears that she is made of truth
  • 2I do believe her though I know she lies,
  • 3That she might think me some untutored youth,
  • 4Unlearnèd in the world's false subtleties.
  • Editor’s Note5Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
  • 6Although she knows my days are past the best,
  • Editor’s Note7Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue;
  • 8On both sides thus is simple truth suppressed.
  • Editor’s Note9But wherefore says she not she is unjust?
  • 10And wherefore say not I that I am old?
  • Editor’s Note11O, love's best habit is in seeming trust,
  • Editor’s Note12And age in love loves not to have years told.
  • Editor’s Note13    Therefore I lie with her, and she with me,
  • 14    And in our faults by lies we flattered be.

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138.title A version of this sonnet appears in The Passionate Pilgrim.
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138.5 vainly thinking i.e. falsely seeming to think
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138.7 Simply in assumed folly
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138.7 credit give credence to
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138.9 unjust unfaithful
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138.11 habit … trust demeanour lies in apparent fidelity
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138.12 told counted
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138.13 lie tell lies; lie down
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