Gary Taylor, John Jowett, Terri Bourus, and Gabriel Egan (eds), The New Oxford Shakespeare: Modern Critical Edition
- 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.
6.title This sonnet links directly with 5.
6.1 ragged rough
6.3 vial suggesting womb
6.3 treasure enrich
6.5 use gaining of interest
6.5 forbidden forbidden to
6.6 happies makes happy
6.6 pay pay interest on (by begetting children)
6.6 loan (of beauty)
6.7 That's i.e. the 'use' you can make of your beauty
6.8 ten for one an interest rate of 1000 per cent
6.10 refigured copied
6.13 self-willed obstinate; bequested to your self alone