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

Sonnet CLII.

“In loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn”

IN loving thee thou know’st I am forsworn 
But thou art twice forsworn, to me love swearing; 
In act thy bed-vow broke, and new faith torn, 
In vowing new hate after new love bearing. 
But why of two oaths’ breach do I accuse thee,         5
When I break twenty? I am perjur’d most; 
For all my vows are oaths but to misuse thee, 
And all my honest faith in thee is lost: 
For I have sworn deep oaths of thy deep kindness, 
Oaths of thy love, thy truth, thy constancy;  10
And, to enlighten thee, gave eyes to blindness, 
Or made them swear against the thing they see; 
  For I have sworn thee fair; more perjur’d I, 
  To swear against the truth so foul a lie! 



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