The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 38

read by Siân Phillips

How can my Muse want subject to invent

While thou dost breathe, that pour’st into my verse

Thine own sweet argument, too excellent

For every vulgar paper to rehearse?

5O give thyself the thanks, if aught in me

Worthy perusal stand against thy sight:

For who’s so dumb, that cannot write to thee,

When thou thyself dost give invention light?

Be thou the tenth Muse, ten times more in worth

10Than those old nine which rhymers invocate;

And he that calls on thee, let him bring forth

Eternal numbers to outlive long date.

If my slight Muse do please these curious days,

The pain be mine, but thine shall be the praise.

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