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

Sonnet CXIV.

“Or whether doth my mind, being crown’d with you”

OR whether doth my mind, being crown’d with you 
Drink up the monarch’s plague, this flattery? 
Or whether shall I say, mine eye saith true, 
And that your love taught it this alchymy, 
To make of monsters and things indigest         5
Such cherubins as your sweet self resemble, 
Creating every bad a perfect best, 
As fast as objects to his beams assemble? 
O! ’tis the first, ’tis flattery in my seeing, 
And my great mind most kingly drinks it up:  10
Mine eye well knows what with his gust is ’greeing, 
And to his palate doth prepare the cup: 
  If it be poison’d, ’tis the lesser sin 
  That mine eye loves it and doth first begin. 



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