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Shakespeare's Sonnets - Sonnet 91
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In this first of three linked sonnets, the poet sets the love of the beloved above every other treasure, but then acknowledges that that love can be withdrawn.
Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body’s force,
Some in their garments, though newfangled ill,
4Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humor hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest.
But these particulars are not my measure;
8All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is ⌜better⌝ than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments’ cost,
Of more delight than hawks or horses be;
12And having thee, of all men’s pride I boast.
Wretched in this alone, that thou mayst take
All this away, and me most wretched make.