The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 39

read by Simon Manyonda

O how thy worth with manners may I sing,

When thou art all the better part of me?

What can mine own praise to mine own self bring,

And what is’t but mine own, when I praise thee?

5Even for this, let us divided live,

And our dear love lose name of single one,

That by this separation I may give

That due to thee which thou deserv’st alone.

O absence, what a torment wouldst thou prove,

10Were it not thy sour leisure gave sweet leave

To entertain the time with thoughts of love,

Which time and thoughts so sweetly dost deceive,

And that thou teachest how to make one twain

By praising him here who doth hence remain.

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