The Sonnets by William Shakespeare

Sonnet 96

read by Sam Alexander

Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness;

Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport;

Both grace and faults are loved of more and less;

Thou mak’st faults graces, that to thee resort:

5As on the finger of a throned queen

The basest jewel will be well esteemed,

So are those errors that in thee are seen

To truths translated, and for true things deemed.

How many lambs might the stern wolf betray

10If like a lamb he could his looks translate?

How many gazers mightst thou lead away

If thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state?

But do not so; I love thee in such sort,

As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

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