The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 131

read by Dominic West

Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,

As those whose beauties proudly make them cruel;

For well thou knowst, to my dear doting heart

Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.

5Yet in good faith some say, that thee behold,

Thy face hath not the power to make love groan;

To say they err, I dare not be so bold,

Although I swear it to myself alone;

And to be sure that is not false, I swear

10A thousand groans but thinking on thy face;

One on another’s neck do witness bear

Thy black is fairest in my judgement’s place.

In nothing art thou black save in thy deeds,

And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.

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