The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 72

read by Jemma Redgrave

O, lest the world should task you to recite

What merit lived in me that you should love,

After my death (dear love) forget me quite,

For you in me can nothing worthy prove;

5Unless you would devise some virtuous lie

To do more for me than mine own desert,

And hang more praise upon deceased I

Than niggard truth would willingly impart;

O, lest your true love may seem false in this,

10That you for love speak well of me untrue,

My name be buried where my body is,

And live no more to shame nor me, nor you:

For I am shamed by that which I bring forth,

And so should you, to love things nothing worth.

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