The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 46

read by Kate Fleetwood

Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war

How to divide the conquest of thy sight;

Mine eye, my heart thy picture’s sight would bar;

My heart, mine eye the freedom of that right;

5My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie,

A closet never pierced with crystal eyes;

But the defendant doth that plea deny,

And says in him thy fair appearance lies.

To find this title is empanelled

10A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart,

And by their verdict is determined

The clear eyes’ moiety, and the dear heart’s part:

As thus, mine eyes’ due is thy outward part,

And my heart’s right, thy inward love of heart.

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