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

Sonnet L.

“How heavy do I journey on the way”

HOW heavy do I journey on the way 
When what I seek, my weary travel’s end, 
Doth teach that ease and that repose to say, 
‘Thus far the miles are measur’d from thy friend!’ 
The beast that bears me, tired with my woe,         5
Plods dully on, to bear that weight in me, 
As if by some instinct the wretch did know 
His rider lov’d not speed, being made from thee: 
The bloody spur cannot provoke him on 
That sometimes anger thrusts into his hide,  10
Which heavily he answers with a groan 
More sharp to me than spurring to his side; 
  For that same groan doth put this in my mind: 
  My grief lies onward, and my joy behind. 



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