William Shakespeare

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

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Editor’s Note6

  • Editor’s Note1Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
  • 2In thee thy summer ere thou be distilled.
  • Editor’s Note3Make sweet some vial, treasure thou some place
  • 4With beauty's treasure ere it be self-killed.
  • Editor’s Note5That use is not forbidden usury
  • Editor’s Note6Which happies those that pay the willing loan:
  • Editor’s Note7That's for thyself to breed another thee,
  • Editor’s Note8Or ten times happier be it ten for one;
  • 9Ten times thyself were happier than thou art,
  • Editor’s Note10If ten of thine ten times refigured thee—
  • 11Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart,
  • 12Leaving thee living in posterity?
  • Editor’s Note13    Be not self-willed, for thou art much too fair
  • 14    To be death's conquest, and make worms thine heir.

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6.title This sonnet links directly with 5.
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6.1 ragged rough
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6.3 vial suggesting womb
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6.3 treasure enrich
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6.5 use gaining of interest
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6.5 forbidden forbidden to
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6.6 happies makes happy
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6.6 pay pay interest on (by begetting children)
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6.6 loan (of beauty)
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6.7 That's i.e. the 'use' you can make of your beauty
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6.8 ten for one an interest rate of 1000 per cent
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6.10 refigured copied
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6.13 self-willed obstinate; bequested to your self alone
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