William Shakespeare

Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition

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  • 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.

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4.4 frank generous
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4.4 are free who (also) are liberal
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4.5 niggard miser
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4.7 use lay out (profitlessly)
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4.8 live benefit from living
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4.9 traffic commerce
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4.10 deceive defraud
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4.13 unused not invested
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4.14 lives would live (in your child)
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