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

Sonnet CXVII.

“Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all”

ACCUSE me thus: that I have scanted all 
Wherein I should your great deserts repay, 
Forgot upon your dearest love to call, 
Whereto all bonds do tie me day by day; 
That I have frequent been with unknown minds,         5
And given to time your own dear-purchas’d right; 
That I have hoisted sail to all the winds 
Which should transport me farthest from your sight. 
Book both my wilfulness and errors down, 
And on just proof surmise accumulate;  10
Bring me within the level of your frown, 
But shoot not at me in your waken’d hate; 
  Since my appeal says I did strive to prove 
  The constancy and virtue of your love. 



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