The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 85

read by Nonso Anozie

My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still,

While comments of your praise richly compiled

Reserve your character with golden quill,

And precious phrase by all the Muses filed;

5I think good thoughts, whilst other write good words,

And like unlettered clerk still cry ‘Amen’

To every hymn that able spirit affords

In polished form of well-refined pen.

Hearing you praised, I say,‘ ’Tis so, ’tis true’,

10And to the most of praise add something more;

But that is in my thought, whose love to you

(Though words come hindmost) holds his rank before;

Then others for the breath of words respect,

Me for my dumb thoughts, speaking in effect.

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