The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 26

read by Edward Bennett

Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage

Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit:

To thee I send this written embassage,

To witness duty, not to show my wit;

5Duty so great, which wit so poor as mine

May make seem bare, in wanting words to show it;

But that I hope some good conceit of thine

In thy soul’s thought (all naked) will bestow it:

Till whatsoever star that guides my moving

10Points on me graciously with fair aspect,

And puts apparel on my tattered loving,

To show me worthy of thy sweet respect;

Then may I dare to boast how I do love thee;

Till then, not show my head where thou mayst prove me.

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