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Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art,

As those whose beauties proudly make them cruel;
For well thou know'st, to my dear, doting heart,
Thou art the fairest and most precious jewel.
Yet, in good faith, some say, that thee behold,
Thy face hath not the power to make love groan :
To say they err, I dare not be so bold,
Although I swear it to myself alone :
And, to be sure that is not false I swear,
A thousand groans, but thinking on thy face,
One on another's neck, do witness bear
Thy black is fairest in my judgment's place.
In nothing art thou black, save in thy deeds;
And thence this slander, as I think, proceeds.


Thine eyes I love; and they, as pitying me,
Knowing thy heart, torment me with disdain;
Have put on black, and loving mourners be,
Looking with pretty ruth upon my pain.
And truly not the morning sun of heaven
Better becomes the gray cheeks of the east,
Nor that full star that ushers in the even,
Doth half that glory to the sober west ;---
As those two mourning eyes become thy face.
O, let it then as well beseem thy heart

To mourn for me, since mourning doth thee grace,
And suit thy pity like in every part.


Then will I swear, beauty herself is black.
And all they foul that thy complexion lack.


Beshrew that heart, that makes my heart to groan
For that deep wound it gives my friend and me!
Is 't not enough to torture me alone,

But slave to slavery my sweet'st friend must be?
Me from myself thy cruel eye hath taken,
And my next self thou harder hast engross'd:
Of him, myself, and thee, I am forsaken;
A torment thrice threefold thus to be cross'd.
Prison my heart in thy steel bosom's ward,

But then my friend's heart let my poor heart


Whoe'er keeps me, let my heart be his guard;
Thou canst not then use rigor in my jail:

And yet thou wilt; for I, being pent in thee,
Perforce am thine, and all that is in me.

So now


have confess'd that he is thine,
And I myself am mortgaged to thy will;
Myself I'll forfeit, so that other mine
Thou wilt restore, to be my comfort still:
But thou wilt not, nor he will not be free;
For thou art covetous, and he is kind:
He learn'd but, surety-like, to write for me,
Under that bond that him as fast doth bind.

The statute of thy beauty thou wilt take,
Thou usurer, that put'st forth all to use,
And sue a friend, came debtor for my sake;
So him I lose through my unkind abuse.

Him have I lost; thou hast both him and me
He pays the whole, and yet am I not free.


Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy will,
And will to boot, and will in overplus:
More than enough am I that vex thee still,
To thy sweet will making addition thus.
Wilt thou, whose will is large and spacious,
Not once vouchsafe to hide my will in thine?
Shall will in others seem right gracious,
And in my will no fair acceptance shine?
The sea, all water, yet receives rain still,
And in abundance addeth to his store;
So thou, being rich in will, add to thy will
One will of mine, to make thy large will more.
Let no unkind, no fair beseechers kill;

Think all but one, and me in that one Will.


If thy soul check thee that I come so near,
Swear to thy blind soul that I was thy Will,

Statute has here its legai signification; that of a security or obligation for money.'-Malone.

And will, thy soul knows, is admitted there:
Thus far for love, my love-suit, sweet, fulfil.
Will will fulfil the treasure of thy love,

Ay, fill it full with wills,

and my will one.

In things of great receipt with ease we prove,
Among a number one is reckon'd none.
Then in the number let me pass untold,
Though in thy stores' account I one must be;
For nothing hold me, so it please thee hold
That nothing me, a something sweet to thee:
Make but my name thy love, and love that still;
And then thou lovest me; for my name is Will.


Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes,

That they behold, and see not what they see?
They know what beauty is, see where it lies;
Yet what the best is, take the worst to be.
If eyes, corrupt by over-partial looks,
Be anchor'd in the bay where all men ride,
Why of eyes' falsehood hast thou forged hooks,
Whereto the judgment of my heart is tied?
Why should my heart think that a several plot,1
Which my heart knows the wide world's common

Or mine eyes seeing this, say this is not,

To put fair truth upon so foul a face?

Ar enclosed field.

In things right true my heart and eyes have


And to this false plague are they now transferr'd.


When my love swears that she is made of truth,
I do believe her, though I know she lies;
That she might think me some untutor❜d youth,
Unlearned in the world's false subtilties.
Thus vainly thinking that she thinks me young,
Although she knows my days are past the best,
Simply I credit her false-speaking tongue:
On both sides thus is simple truth suppress'd.
But wherefore says she not, she is unjust?
And wherefore say not I, that I am old?
O, love's best habit is in seeming trust,
And age in love loves not to have years told:
Therefore I lie with her, and she with me;
And in our faults by lies we flatter'd be.


O, call not me to justify the wrong,

That thy unkindness lays upon my heart:
Wound me not with thine eye. but with thy


Use power with power, and slay me not by art.
Tell me, thou lovest elsewhere; but in my sight,
Dear heart, forbear to glance thine eye asice.

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