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Robert Bridges, ed. (1844–1930).  The Spirit of Man: An Anthology.  1916.
Sonnet XXIX

William Shakespeare (1564–1616)
WHEN 1 in disgrace with fortune and men’s eyes,
I all alone beweep my outcast state,
And trouble deaf heaven with my bootless cries,
And look upon myself and curse my fate,
Wishing me like to one more rich in hope,        5
Featured like him, like him with friends possess’d,
Desiring this man’s art, and that man’s scope,
With what I most enjoy contented least;
  Yet in these thoughts myself almost despising,
Haply I think on thee,—and then my state        10
(Like to the lark at break of day arising
From sullen earth) sings hymns at heaven’s gate;
  For thy sweet love remember’d such wealth brings,
That then I scorn to change my state with kings.
Note 1. Shakespeare. Sonnet XXIX. [back]

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