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


“O me! what eyes hath Love put in my head”

O ME! what eyes hath Love put in my head 
Which have no correspondence with true sight; 
Or, if they have, where is my judgment fled, 
That censures falsely what they see aright? 
If that be fair whereon my false eyes dote,         5
What means the world to say it is not so? 
If it be not, then love doth well denote 
Love’s eye is not so true as all men’s: no. 
How can it? O! how can Love’s eye be true, 
That is so vex’d with watching and with tears?  10
No marvel then, though I mistake my view; 
The sun itself sees not till heaven clears. 
  O cunning Love! with tears thou keep’st me blind, 
  Lest eyes well-seeing thy foul faults should find. 



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