The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 87

read by Katherine Duncan-Jones

Farewell, thou art too dear for my possessing,

And like enough thou knowst thy estimate;

The charter of thy worth gives thee releasing;

My bonds in thee are all determinate.

5For how do I hold thee but by thy granting,

And for that riches where is my deserving?

The cause of this fair gift in me is wanting,

And so my patent back again is swerving.

Thyself thou gav’st, thy own worth then not knowing,

10Or me, to whom thou gav’st it, else mistaking;

So thy great gift upon misprision growing

Comes home again, on better judgement making.

Thus have I had thee as a dream doth flatter,

In sleep a king, but waking no such matter.

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