The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 10

read by Simon Manyonda

For shame deny that thou bear’st love to any,

Who for thyself art so unprovident;

Grant, if thou wilt, thou art beloved of many,

But that thou none lov’st is most evident:

5For thou art so possessed with murd’rous hate

That ’gainst thyself thou stick’st not to conspire,

Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate

Which to repair should be thy chief desire:

O change thy thought, that I may change my mind;

10Shall hate be fairer lodged than gentle love?

Be as thy presence is, gracious and kind;

Or to thyself at least kind-hearted prove,

Make thee another self for love of me,

That beauty still may live in thine or thee.

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