The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 146

read by Simon Manyonda

Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth,

Feeding these rebel powers that thee array,

Why dost thou pine within and suffer dearth,

Painting thy outward walls so costly gay?

5Why so large cost, having so short a lease,

Dost thou upon thy fading mansion spend?

Shall worms, inheritors of this excess,

Eat up thy charge? Is this thy body’s end?

Then soul, live thou upon thy servant’s loss,

10And let that pine to aggravate thy store;

Buy terms divine in selling hours of dross,

Within be fed, without be rich no more:

So shalt thou feed on death, that feeds on men,

And death once dead, there’s no more dying then.

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