The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 139

read by Tilly Blackwood

O call not me to justify the wrong

That thy unkindness lays upon my heart;

Wound me not with thine eye, but with thy tongue;

Use power with power, and slay me not by art.

5Tell me thou lov’st elsewhere; but in my sight,

Dear heart, forbear to glance thine eye aside.

What need’st thou wound with cunning, when thy might

Is more than my o’er-pressed defence can bide?

Let me excuse thee: ah, my love well knows

10Her pretty looks have been mine enemies,

And therefore from my face she turns my foes

That they elsewhere might dart their injuries.

Yet do not so, but since I am near slain,

Kill me outright with looks, and rid my pain.

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