Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Sonnet shakespeare

Are you familiar with the wonderful sonnet number 57 of William Shakespeare?

Number 57 is my absolute favourite Shakespeare, my favourite Sonnet, my favourite Poem:

Being your slave what should I do but tend
Upon the hours, and times of your desire?
I have no precious time at all to spend;
Nor services to do, till you require.
Nor dare I chide the world without end hour,
Whilst I, my sovereign, watch the clock for you,
Nor think the bitterness of absence sour,
When you have bid your servant once adieu;
Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
Where you may be, or your affairs suppose,
But, like a sad slave, stay and think of nought
Save, where you are, how happy you make those.
So true a fool is love, that in your will,
Though you do anything, he thinks no ill.
Have you ever read anything as beautiful before? I know you didn't.

There is a recording of this poem, but it sounds so wonderful I don't want to share, I want to keep it, selfish, all to myself.
I do however want to share Sonnet number 58 with you that goes on where Shakespeare left off at sonnet 57:

That god forbid, that made me first your slave,
I should in thought control your times of pleasure,
Or at your hand the account of hours to crave,
Being your vassal, bound to stay your leisure!
O! let me suffer, being at your beck,
The imprison'd absence of your liberty;
And patience, tame to sufferance, bide each check,
Without accusing you of injury.
Be where you list, your charter is so strong
That you yourself may privilege your time
To what you will; to you it doth belong
Yourself to pardon of self-doing crime.
I am to wait, though waiting so be hell,
Not blame your pleasure be it ill or well.


6 comments:

  1. I was not familiar with this....It is beautiful, thank you so much for sharing it...
    hugs abby

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    1. It is so beautiful. I don't know what is more beautiful the text from Shakespeare or the very British way the poem is recited...

      Thank you for reading it. Please come back when you feel sad or disappointed with your master and read it again and again and again.

      It helps.

      Han

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  2. My favorite sonett by Shakespeare too.
    Thank you, Han.
    Beautiful words .

    Mona Lisa

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    1. I can listen to those lines thousands, and thousands and thousands of times.
      Being your slave what should I do but tend
      Upon the hours, and times of your desire?

      It is an epic poem.

      Han
      It's so powerful and at the same time so simple.
      Ah,

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  3. Beautiful, thanks for sharing

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    1. I am so glad you like it Blonde. The complete surrender in:
      I am to wait, though waiting so be hell,
      Not blame your pleasure be it ill or well.

      It is the essence of submission, but nobody could not write it as beautiful as the master himself.

      Han

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