The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 37

read by Nonso Anozie

As a decrepit father takes delight

To see his active child do deeds of youth,

So I, made lame by fortune’s dearest spite,

Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth:

5For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,

Or any of these all, or all, or more,

Entitled in thy parts do crowned sit,

I make my love engrafted to this store:

So then I am not lame, poor, nor despised,

10Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give

That I in thy abundance am sufficed,

And by a part of all thy glory live:

Look what is best, that best I wish in thee;

This wish I have, then ten times happy me.

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