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

Sonnet CXLI.

“In faith I do not love thee with mine eyes”

IN faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes 
For they in thee a thousand errors note; 
But ’tis my heart that loves what they despise, 
Who, in despite of view, is pleas’d to dote. 
Nor are mine ears with thy tongue’s tune delighted;         5
Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone, 
Nor taste, nor smell desire to be invited 
To any sensual feast with thee alone: 
But my five wits nor my five senses can 
Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee,  10
Who leaves unsway’d the likeness of a man, 
Thy proud heart’s slave and vassal wretch to be: 
  Only my plague thus far I count my gain, 
  That she that makes me sin awards me pain. 



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