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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet CX.

“Alas! ’tis true I have gone here and there”

ALAS! ’tis true I have gone here and there 
And made myself a motley to the view, 
Gor’d mine own thoughts, sold cheap what is most dear, 
Made old offences of affections new; 
Most true it is that I have look’d on truth         5
Askance and strangely; but, by all above, 
These blenches gave my heart another youth, 
And worse essays prov’d thee my best of love. 
Now all is done, save what shall have no end: 
Mine appetite I never more will grind  10
On newer proof, to try an older friend, 
A god in love, to whom I am confin’d. 
  Then give me welcome, next my heaven the best, 
  Even to thy pure and most most loving breast. 



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