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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
109. Twenty-ninth Sonnet
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
WHEN in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself, and curse my fate;
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,        5
Featured like him, like him with friends possest,
Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee—and then my state,        10
Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth, sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
  For thy sweet love remember’d, such wealth brings
  That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
 

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