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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet XXXVI.

“Let me confess that we two must be twain”

LET me confess that we two must be twain 
Although our undivided loves are one: 
So shall those blots that do with me remain, 
Without thy help, by me be borne alone. 
In our two loves there is but one respect,         5
Though in our lives a separable spite, 
Which, though it alter not love’s sole effect, 
Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love’s delight. 
I may not evermore acknowledge thee, 
Lest my bewailed guilt should do thee shame,  10
Nor thou with public kindness honour me, 
Unless thou take that honour from thy name: 
  But do not so; I love thee in such sort 
  As thou being mine, mine is thy good report. 



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