Sonnet 121

by William Shakespeare

Memorize the poem, Sonnet 121 by William Shakespeare.

‘Tis better to be vile than vile esteem’d, When not to be receives reproach of being; And the just pleasure lost, which is so deem’d Not by our feeling, but by others’ seeing: For why should others’ false adulterate eyes Give salutation to my sportive blood? Or on my frailties why are frailer spies, Which in their wills count bad what I think good? No, I am that I am, and they that level At my abuses reckon up their own: I may be straight though they themselves be bevel; By their rank thoughts, my deeds must not be shown;     Unless this general evil they maintain,     All men are bad and in their badness reign.

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