The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 88

read by Kerry Shale

When thou shalt be disposed to set me light

And place my merit in the eye of scorn,

Upon thy side, against myself, I’ll fight,

And prove thee virtuous, though thou art forsworn:

5With mine own weakness being best acquainted,

Upon thy part I can set down a story

Of faults concealed, wherein I am attainted,

That thou, in losing me, shall win much glory;

And I by this will be a gainer too,

10For bending all my loving thoughts on thee,

The injuries that to myself I do,

Doing thee vantage, double vantage me:

Such is my love, to thee I so belong,

That for thy right myself will bear all wrong.

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