The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 95

read by Prasanna Puwanarajah

How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame

Which like a canker in the fragrant rose

Doth spot the beauty of thy budding name:

O in what sweets dost thou thy sins enclose!

5That tongue that tells the story of thy days,

Making lascivious comments on thy sport,

Cannot dispraise; but in a kind of praise,

Naming thy name, blesses an ill report.

O what a mansion have those vices got,

10Which for their habitation chose out thee,

Where beauty’s veil doth cover every blot,

And all things turns to fair that eyes can see!

Take heed, dear heart, of this large privilege;

The hardest knife ill used doth lose his edge.

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