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   English Poetry I: From Chaucer to Gray.
The Harvard Classics.  1909–14.
 
120. Sixty-sixth Sonnet
 
William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
 
 
TIRED with all these, for restful death I cry,—
As, to behold desert a beggar born,
And needy nothing trimm’d in jollity,
And purest faith unhappily forsworn,
And gilded honour shamefully misplaced,        5
And maiden virtue rudely strumpeted,
And right perfection wrongfully disgraced,
And strength by limping sway disabled,
And art made tongue-tied by authority,
And folly, doctor-like, controlling skill,        10
And simple truth miscall’d simplicity,
And captive Good attending captain Ill:
  Tired with all these, from these would I be gone,
  Save that, to die, I leave my Love alone.
 

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