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Shakespeare's Sonnet CXLII / CLIV


01 : Love is my sin, and thy dear virtue hate,
02 : Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving:
03 : O! but with mine compare thou thine own state,
04 : And thou shalt find it merits not reproving;
05 : Or, if it do, not from those lips of thine,
06 : That have profan'd their scarlet ornaments
07 : And seal'd false bonds of love as oft as mine,
08 : Robb'd others' beds' revenues of their rents.
09 : Be it lawful I love thee, as thou lov'st those
10 : Whom thine eyes woo as mine importune thee:
11 : Root pity in thy heart, that, when it grows,
12 : Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.
13 : If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
14 : By self-example mayst thou be denied!