The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 114

read by Ruth Negga

Or whether doth my mind, being crowned with you,

Drink up the monarch’s plague, this flattery?

Or whether shall I say mine eye saith true,

And that your love taught it this alchemy,

5To make of monsters and things indigest

Such cherubins as your sweet self resemble,

Creating every bad a perfect best

As fast as objects to his beams assemble?

O, ’tis the first, ’tis flatt’ry in my seeing,

10And my great mind most kingly drinks it up:

Mine eye well knows what with his gust is greeing,

And to his palate doth prepare the cup.

If it be poisoned, ’tis the lesser sin,

That mine eye loves it and doth first begin.

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