The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 74

read by Siân Phillips

But be contented when that fell arrest

Without all bail shall carry me away;

My life hath in this line some interest,

Which for memorial still with thee shall stay.

5When thou reviewest this, thou dost review

The very part was consecrate to thee;

The earth can have but earth, which is his due,

My spirit is thine, the better part of me;

So then thou hast but lost the dregs of life,

10The prey of worms, my body being dead,

The coward conquest of a wretch’s knife,

Too base of thee to be remembered:

The worth of that, is that which it contains,

And that is this, and this with thee remains.

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