The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 136

read by Simon Russell Beale

If thy soul check thee that I come so near,

Swear to thy blind soul that I was thy Will,

And will, thy soul knows, is admitted there;

Thus far for love my love-suit sweet fulfil.

5Will will fulfil the treasure of thy love,

Ay, fill it full with wills, and my will one;

In things of great receipt with ease we prove

Among a number one is reckoned none.

Then in the number let me pass untold,

10Though in thy store’s account I one must be.

For nothing hold me, so it please thee hold

That nothing, me, a something sweet to thee.

Make but my name thy love, and love that still;

And then thou lov’st me, for my name is Will.

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