William Shakespeare

Paul Hammond (ed.), Shakespeare's Sonnets: An Original-Spelling Text

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  • Editor’s Note1HOw carefull was I when I tooke my way,
  • Editor’s Note2     Each trifle vnder truest barres to thrust,
  • Editor’s Note3That to my vse it might vn-vsed stay
  • Editor’s Note4From hands of falsehood, in sure wards of trust?
  • Editor’s Note5But thou, to whom my iewels trifles are,
  • Editor’s Note6Most worthy comfort, now my greatest griefe,
  • 7Thou best of deerest, and mine onely care,
  • Editor’s Note8Art left the prey of euery vulgar theefe.
  • 9Thee haue I not lockt vp in any chest,
  • Editor’s Note10Saue where thou art not, though I feele thou art,
  • Editor’s Note11Within the gentle closure of my brest,
  • 12From whence at pleasure thou maist come and part,
  • 13  And euen thence thou wilt be stolne I feare,
  • Editor’s Note14  For truth prooues theeuish for a prize so deare.

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48 1. tooke my way] went on a journey.
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2. truest] most trustworthy, most dependable (Schmidt).
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3. vn-vsed] Pronounced 'unusèd'.
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4. wards] protected areas (OED 16); store cupboards, wardrobes (OED 22); cp. 52:10.
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5. to] compared to.
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6. worthy] valuable (OED 1). griefe] cause of pain or suffering (Schmidt).
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8. vulgar] common, ordinary (OED 9a).
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10. Saue] except.
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11. closure] bound, limit (OED 1a; first example from Richard III III iii 11: 'Within the guiltie Closure of thy Walls'). Cp. 'the quiet closure of my brest' (Venus and Adonis, l. 782).
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14. truth] faithfulness. theeuish] inclined to thieving, dishonest (OED 2).
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