Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
- 1Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
- 2Upon thyself thy beauty's legacy?
- 3Nature's bequest gives nothing, but doth lend,
- Editor’s Note4And being frank she lends to those are free.
- Editor’s Note5Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse
- 6The bounteous largesse given thee to give?
- Editor’s Note7Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
- Editor’s Note8So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
- pg 2821Editor’s Note9For having traffic with thyself alone,
- Editor’s Note10Thou of thyself thy sweet self dost deceive.
- 11Then how, when nature calls thee to be gone,
- 12What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
- Editor’s Note13 Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,
- Editor’s Note14 Which usèd lives th'executor to be.
4.4 frank generous
4.4 are free who (also) are liberal
4.5 niggard miser
4.7 use lay out (profitlessly)
4.8 live benefit from living
4.9 traffic commerce
4.10 deceive defraud
4.13 unused not invested
4.14 lives would live (in your child)