Sonnet 112

by William Shakespeare

Memorize the poem, Sonnet 112 by William Shakespeare.

Your love and pity doth the impression fill, Which vulgar scandal stamp’d upon my brow; For what care I who calls me well or ill, So you o’er-green my bad, my good allow? You are my all-the-world, and I must strive To know my shames and praises from your tongue; None else to me, nor I to none alive, That my steel’d sense or changes right or wrong. In so profound abysm I throw all care Of others’ voices, that my adder’s sense To critic and to flatterer stopped are. Mark how with my neglect I do dispense:     You are so strongly in my purpose bred,     That all the world besides methinks are dead.

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