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Arthur Quiller-Couch, ed. 1919. The Oxford Book of English Verse: 1250–1900.
  
William Shakespeare. 1564–1616
  
151. Sonnets
vii
  
BEING your slave, what should I do but tend 
Upon the hours and times of your desire? 
I have no precious time at all to spend, 
Nor services to do, till you require. 
Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour         5
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you, 
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour 
When you have bid your servant once adieu; 
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought 
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,  10
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought 
Save, where you are how happy you make those! 
  So true a fool is love, that in your Will, 
  Though you do any thing, he thinks no ill. 
 
 
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