The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 79

read by Harriet Walter

Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid

My verse alone had all thy gentle grace;

But now my gracious numbers are decayed,

And my sick Muse doth give another place.

5I grant, sweet love, thy lovely argument

Deserves the travail of a worthier pen;

Yet what of thee thy poet doth invent

He robs thee of, and pays it thee again;

He lends thee virtue, and he stole that word

10From thy behaviour; beauty doth he give,

And found it in thy cheek; he can afford

No praise to thee, but what in thee doth live:

Then thank him not for that which he doth say,

Since what he owes thee, thou thyself dost pay.

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