The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 36

read by Polly Frame

Let me confess that we two must be twain,

Although our undivided loves are one;

So shall those blots that do with me remain,

Without thy help, by me be borne alone.

5In our two loves there is but one respect,

Though in our lives a separable spite;

Which, though it alter not love’s sole effect,

Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love’s delight.

I may not evermore acknowledge thee,

10Lest my bewailed guilt should do thee shame,

Nor thou with public kindness honour me,

Unless thou take that honour from thy name:

But do not so; I love thee in such sort,

As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

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