The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 120

read by John Heffernan

That you were once unkind befriends me now,

And for that sorrow, which I then did feel,

Needs must I under my transgression bow,

Unless my nerves were brass or hammered steel:

5For if you were by my unkindness shaken,

As I by yours, you’ve passed a hell of time,

And I, a tyrant, have no leisure taken

To weigh how once I suffered in your crime.

O that our night of woe might have remembered

10My deepest sense how hard true sorrow hits,

And soon to you, as you to me then, tendered

The humble salve which wounded bosoms fits!

But that your trespass now becomes a fee;

Mine ransoms yours, and yours must ransom me.

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