Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Lecture 1
Sonnet 1: From fairest creatures we desire increase
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Sonnet 1: From fairest creatures we desire increase
Poem by William Shakespeare | Sonnet 1: From fairest creatures we desire increase | Literature/poems

Sonnet 1 by William Shakespeare is one of the “Fair Youth” sonnets encouraging a young man to marry and have children (one of the so-called “procreation sonnets”). It follows the pattern of three quatrains and a couplet written in iambic pentameter, with an ABAB CDCD EFEF GG rhyme scheme.

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Full text:
From fairest creatures we desire increase,
That thereby beauty's rose might never die,
But as the riper should by time decease,
His tender heir might bear his memory:
But thou, contracted to thine own bright eyes,
Feed'st thy light's flame with self-substantial fuel,
Making a famine where abundance lies,
Thy self thy foe, to thy sweet self too cruel.
Thou that art now the world's fresh ornament,
And only herald to the gaudy spring,
Within thine own bud buriest thy content,
And, tender churl, mak'st waste in niggarding.
Pity the world, or else this glutton be,
To eat the world's due, by the grave and thee.

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William Shakespeare (1564 - 1616), widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language, is probably best known for his plays, which include Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet, Macbeth, and many others. But he also wrote a number of poems, including 154 sonnets. The exact dates of composition for each of the sonnets is unknown, but it is believed that Shakespeare wrote them throughout his career, sharing them privately. The sonnets cover such timeless themes such as love, beauty, and mortality.

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Lecture 2
Sonnet 2: When forty winters shall beseige thy brow
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Sonnet 2: When forty winters shall beseige thy brow
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 2, read by Jamie Muffett.

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When forty winters shall besiege thy brow
And dig deep trenches in thy beauty's field,
Thy youth's proud livery, so gazed on now,
Will be a tattered weed of small worth held.
Then, being asked where all thy beauty lies,
Where all the treasure of thy lusty days;
To say within thine own deep-sunken eyes,
Were an all-eating shame, and thriftless praise.
How much more praise deserved thy beauty's use,
If thou couldst answer, "This fair child of mine
Shall sum my count, and make my old excuse,"
Proving his beauty by succession thine.
This were to be new made when thou art old,
And see thy blood warm when thou feel'st it cold.
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Lecture 3
Sonnet 3: Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
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Sonnet 3: Look in thy glass, and tell the face thou viewest
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 3, read by Jamie Muffett.

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Look in thy glass and tell the face thou viewest,
Now is the time that face should form another,
Whose fresh repair if now thou not renewest,
Thou dost beguile the world, unbless some mother.
For where is she so fair whose uneared womb
Disdains the tillage of thy husbandry?
Or who is he so fond will be the tomb
Of his self-love, to stop posterity?
Thou art thy mother's glass, and she in thee
Calls back the lovely April of her prime;
So thou through windows of thine age shalt see,
Despite of wrinkles, this thy golden time.
But if thou live rememb'red not to be,
Die single and thine image dies with thee.

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Lecture 4
Sonnet 4: Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
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Sonnet 4: Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 4, read by Jamie Muffett.

Full text:
Unthrifty loveliness, why dost thou spend
Upon thy self thy beauty's legacy?
Nature's bequest gives nothing, but doth lend,
And being frank she lends to those are free:
Then, beauteous niggard, why dost thou abuse
The bounteous largess given thee to give?
Profitless usurer, why dost thou use
So great a sum of sums, yet canst not live?
For having traffic with thy self alone,
Thou of thyself thy sweet self dost deceive.
Then how when nature calls thee to be gone,
What acceptable audit canst thou leave?
Thy unused beauty must be tombed with thee,
Which used, lives th'executor to be

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Lecture 5
Sonnet 5: Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
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Sonnet 5: Those hours, that with gentle work did frame
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 5, read by Jamie Muffett.

Full text:
Those hours that with gentle work did frame
The lovely gaze where every eye doth dwell,
Will play the tyrants to the very same
And that unfair which fairly doth excel:
For never-resting time leads summer on
To hideous winter, and confounds him there,
Sap checked with frost and lusty leaves quite gone,
Beauty o'er-snowed and bareness everywhere.
Then were not summer's distillation left
A liquid pris'ner pent in walls of glass,
Beauty's effect with beauty were bereft,
Nor it nor no remembrance what it was.
But flowers distilled, though they with winter meet,
Leese but their show, their substance still lives sweet.

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Lecture 6
Sonnet 6: Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
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Sonnet 6: Then let not winter's ragged hand deface
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 6, read by Jamie Muffett.

Full text:
Then let not winter's ragged hand deface,
In thee thy summer, ere thou be distilled:
Make sweet some vial; treasure thou some place
With beauty's treasure ere it be self-killed.
That use is not forbidden usury,
Which happies those that pay the willing loan;
That's for thy self to breed another thee,
Or ten times happier, be it ten for one;
Ten times thy self were happier than thou art,
If ten of thine ten times refigured thee:
Then what could death do if thou shouldst depart,
Leaving thee living in posterity?
Be not self-willed, for thou art much too fair
To be death's conquest and make worms thine heir.

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Lecture 7
Sonnet 7: Lo! in the orient when the gracious light
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Sonnet 7: Lo! in the orient when the gracious light
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 5, read by Jamie Muffett.

Full text:
Lo! in the orient when the gracious light
Lifts up his burning head, each under eye
Doth homage to his new-appearing sight,
Serving with looks his sacred majesty;
And having climbed the steep-up heavenly hill,
Resembling strong youth in his middle age,
Yet mortal looks adore his beauty still,
Attending on his golden pilgrimage;
But when from highmost pitch, with weary car,
Like feeble age, he reeleth from the day,
The eyes, 'fore duteous, now converted are
From his low tract and look another way:
So thou, thyself out-going in thy noon,
Unlooked on diest, unless thou get a son.

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Lecture 8
Sonnet 8: Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
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Sonnet 8: Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 8, read by Jamie Muffett.

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Music to hear, why hear'st thou music sadly?
Sweets with sweets war not, joy delights in joy:
Why lov'st thou that which thou receiv'st not gladly,
Or else receiv'st with pleasure thine annoy?
If the true concord of well-tunèd sounds,
By unions married, do offend thine ear,
They do but sweetly chide thee, who confounds
In singleness the parts that thou shouldst bear.
Mark how one string, sweet husband to another,
Strikes each in each by mutual ordèring;
Resembling sire and child and happy mother,
Who, all in one, one pleasing note do sing:
Whose speechless song being many, seeming one,
Sings this to thee: 'Thou single wilt prove none.'

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Lecture 9
Sonnet 9: Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
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Sonnet 9: Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 9, read by Jamie Muffett.

Full text:
Is it for fear to wet a widow's eye,
That thou consumest thyself in single life?
Ah! if thou issueless shalt hap to die,
The world will wail thee, like a makeless wife;
The world will be thy widow and still weep
That thou no form of thee hast left behind,
When every private widow well may keep
By children's eyes her husband's shape in mind.
Look, what an unthrift in the world doth spend
Shifts but his place, for still the world enjoys it;
But beauty's waste hath in the world an end,
And kept unused, the user so destroys it.
No love toward others in that bosom sits
That on himself such murderous shame commits.

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Lecture 10
Sonnet 10: For shame! deny that thou bear'st love to any,
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Sonnet 10: For shame! deny that thou bear'st love to any,
William Shakespeare's Sonnet 10, read by Jamie Muffett.

Full text:
For shame deny that thou bear'st love to any,
Who for thy self art so unprovident.
Grant, if thou wilt, thou art beloved of many,
But that thou none lov'st is most evident:
For thou art so possessed with murderous hate,
That 'gainst thy self thou stick'st not to conspire,
Seeking that beauteous roof to ruinate
Which to repair should be thy chief desire.
O! change thy thought, that I may change my mind:
Shall hate be fairer lodged than gentle love?
Be, as thy presence is, gracious and kind,
Or to thyself at least kind-hearted prove:
Make thee another self for love of me,
That beauty still may live in thine or thee.

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Lecture 11
Sonnet 11: As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest
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Sonnet 11: As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest
Shakespeare's Sonnet 11, read by Jamie Muffett

Full text:
As fast as thou shalt wane, so fast thou growest
In one of thine, from that which thou departest;
And that fresh blood which youngly thou bestowest
Thou mayst call thine when thou from youth convertest.
Herein lives wisdom, beauty and increase:
Without this, folly, age and cold decay:
If all were minded so, the times should cease
And threescore year would make the world away.
Let those whom Nature hath not made for store,
Harsh featureless and rude, barrenly perish:
Look, whom she best endow'd she gave thee more;
Which bounteous gift thou shouldst in bounty cherish:
She carved thee for her seal, and meant thereby
Thou shouldst print more, not let that copy die.

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Lecture 12
Sonnet 12: When I do count the clock that tells the time
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Sonnet 12: When I do count the clock that tells the time
Sonnet 12 by William Shakespeare.
Read by Jamie Muffett.

Full text:
When I do count the clock that tells the time,
And see the brave day sunk in hideous night;
When I behold the violet past prime,
And sable curls all silver'd o'er with white;
When lofty trees I see barren of leaves
Which erst from heat did canopy the herd,
And summer's green all girded up in sheaves
Borne on the bier with white and bristly beard,
Then of thy beauty do I question make,
That thou among the wastes of time must go,
Since sweets and beauties do themselves forsake
And die as fast as they see others grow;
And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

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Lecture 13
Sonnet 13: O, that you were yourself! but, love, you are
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Sonnet 13: O, that you were yourself! but, love, you are
Sonnet 13 by William Shakespeare.
Read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 14
Sonnet 14: Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck
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Sonnet 14: Not from the stars do I my judgment pluck
Sonnet 14 by William Shakespeare.
Read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 15
Sonnet 15: When I consider every thing that grows
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Sonnet 15: When I consider every thing that grows
Sonnet 15 by William Shakespeare.
Read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 16
Sonnet 16: But wherefore do not you a mightier way
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Sonnet 16: But wherefore do not you a mightier way
Sonnet 16 by William Shakespeare.

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Lecture 17
Sonnet 17: Who will believe my verse in time to come
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Sonnet 17: Who will believe my verse in time to come
Sonnet 17 by William Shakespeare

Read by Jamie Muffett
Lecture 18
Shakespeare Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
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Shakespeare Sonnet 18: Shall I compare thee to a summer's day?
Shakespeare's Sonnet 18, read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 19
Sonnet 19: Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws
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Sonnet 19: Devouring Time, blunt thou the lion's paws
Sonnet 19 by William Shakespeare.

Read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 20
Sonnet 20: A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted
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Sonnet 20: A woman's face with Nature's own hand painted
Sonnet 20 by William Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 21
Sonnet 21: So is it not with me as with that Muse
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Sonnet 21: So is it not with me as with that Muse
Sonnet 21 by William Shakespeare.

Read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 22
Sonnet 22: My glass shall not persuade me I am old
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Sonnet 22: My glass shall not persuade me I am old
Sonnet 22 by William Shakespeare.

Read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 23
Sonnet 23: As an unperfect actor on the stage
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Sonnet 23: As an unperfect actor on the stage
Sonnet 23 by Shakespeare.

Read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 24
Sonnet 24: Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stell'd
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Sonnet 24: Mine eye hath play'd the painter and hath stell'd
Sonnet 24 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 25
Sonnet 25: Let those who are in favour with their stars
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Sonnet 25: Let those who are in favour with their stars
Sonnet 25 by Shakespeare.

Read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 26
Sonnet 26: Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
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Sonnet 26: Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
Sonnet 26 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 27
Sonnet 27: Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
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Sonnet 27: Weary with toil, I haste me to my bed
Sonnet 27 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 28
Sonnet 28: How can I then return in happy plight
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Sonnet 28: How can I then return in happy plight
Sonnet 28 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 29
Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
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Sonnet 29: When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes
Sonnet 29 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 30
Sonnet 30: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
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Sonnet 30: When to the sessions of sweet silent thought
Sonnet 30 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 31
Sonnet 31: Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts
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Sonnet 31: Thy bosom is endeared with all hearts
Sonnet 31 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 32
Sonnet 32: If thou survive my well-contented day
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Sonnet 32: If thou survive my well-contented day
Sonnet 32 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 33
Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen
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Sonnet 33: Full many a glorious morning have I seen
Sonnet 33 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 34
Sonnet 34: Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day
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Sonnet 34: Why didst thou promise such a beauteous day
Sonnet 34 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 35
Sonnet 35: No more be grieved at that which thou hast done
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Sonnet 35: No more be grieved at that which thou hast done
Sonnet 35 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 36
Sonnet 36: Let me confess that we two must be twain
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Sonnet 36: Let me confess that we two must be twain
Sonnet 36 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 37
Sonnet 37: As a decrepit father takes delight
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Sonnet 37: As a decrepit father takes delight
Sonnet 37 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 38
Sonnet 38: How can my Muse want subject to invent
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Sonnet 38: How can my Muse want subject to invent
Sonnet 38 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 39
Sonnet 39: O, how thy worth with manners may I sing
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Sonnet 39: O, how thy worth with manners may I sing
Sonnet 39 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.

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Lecture 40
Sonnet 40: Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all
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Sonnet 40: Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all
Sonnet 40 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 41
Sonnet 41: Those petty wrongs that liberty commits
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Sonnet 41: Those petty wrongs that liberty commits
Sonnet 41 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 42
Sonnet 42: That thou hast her, it is not all my grief
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Sonnet 42: That thou hast her, it is not all my grief
Sonnet 42 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 43
Sonnet 43: When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see
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Sonnet 43: When most I wink, then do mine eyes best see
Sonnet 43 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 44
Sonnet 44: If the dull substance of my flesh were thought
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Sonnet 44: If the dull substance of my flesh were thought
Sonnet 44 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 45
Sonnet 45: The other two, slight air and purging fire
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Sonnet 45: The other two, slight air and purging fire
Sonnet 45 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 46
Sonnet 46: Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
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Sonnet 46: Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
Sonnet 46 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 47
Sonnet 47: Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother
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Sonnet 47: Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother
Sonnet 47 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 48
Sonnet 48: How careful was I, when I took my way
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Sonnet 48: How careful was I, when I took my way
Sonnet 48 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 49
Sonnet 49: Against that time, if ever that time come
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Sonnet 49: Against that time, if ever that time come
Sonnet 49 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 50
Sonnet 50: How heavy do I journey on the way
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Sonnet 50: How heavy do I journey on the way
Sonnet 50 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 51
Sonnet 51: Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
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Sonnet 51: Thus can my love excuse the slow offence
Sonnet 51 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 52
Sonnet 52: So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
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Sonnet 52: So am I as the rich, whose blessed key
Sonnet 52 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 53
Sonnet 53: What is your substance, whereof are you made
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Sonnet 53: What is your substance, whereof are you made
Sonnet 53, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 54
Sonnet 54: O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
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Sonnet 54: O, how much more doth beauty beauteous seem
Sonnet 54, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 55
Sonnet 55: Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
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Sonnet 55: Not marble, nor the gilded monuments
Sonnet 55 by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 56
Sonnet 56: Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
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Sonnet 56: Sweet love, renew thy force; be it not said
Sonnet 56, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 57
Sonnet 57: Being your slave, what should I do but tend
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Sonnet 57: Being your slave, what should I do but tend
Sonnet 57, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 58
Sonnet 58: That god forbid that made me first your slave
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Sonnet 58: That god forbid that made me first your slave
Sonnet 58, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 59
Sonnet 59: If there be nothing new, but that which is
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Sonnet 59: If there be nothing new, but that which is
Sonnet 59, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 60
Sonnet 60: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore
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Sonnet 60: Like as the waves make towards the pebbled shore
Sonnet 60, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 61
Sonnet 61: Is it thy will thy image should keep open
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Sonnet 61: Is it thy will thy image should keep open
Sonnet 61, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 62
Sonnet 62: Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
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Sonnet 62: Sin of self-love possesseth all mine eye
Sonnet 62, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 63
Sonnet 63: Against my love shall be, as I am now
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Sonnet 63: Against my love shall be, as I am now
Sonnet 63, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 64
Sonnet 64: When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
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Sonnet 64: When I have seen by Time's fell hand defaced
Sonnet 64, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 65
Sonnet 65: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
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Sonnet 65: Since brass, nor stone, nor earth, nor boundless sea
Sonnet 65, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 66
Sonnet 66: Tired with all these, for restful death I cry
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Sonnet 66: Tired with all these, for restful death I cry
Sonnet 66, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 67
Sonnet 67: Ah! wherefore with infection should he live
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Sonnet 67: Ah! wherefore with infection should he live
Sonnet 67, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 68
Sonnet 68: Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn
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Sonnet 68: Thus is his cheek the map of days outworn
Sonnet 68, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 69
Sonnet 69: Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view
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Sonnet 69: Those parts of thee that the world's eye doth view
Sonnet 69, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 70
Sonnet 70: That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect
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Sonnet 70: That thou art blamed shall not be thy defect
Sonnet 70, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 71
Sonnet 71: No longer mourn for me when I am dead
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Sonnet 71: No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Sonnet 71, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 72
Sonnet 72: O, lest the world should task you to recite
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Sonnet 72: O, lest the world should task you to recite
Sonnet 72, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 73
Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold
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Sonnet 73: That time of year thou mayst in me behold
Sonnet 73, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 74
Sonnet 74: But be contented: when that fell arrest
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Sonnet 74: But be contented: when that fell arrest
Sonnet 74, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 75
Sonnet 75: So are you to my thoughts as food to life
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Sonnet 75: So are you to my thoughts as food to life
Sonnet 75, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 76
Sonnet 76: Why is my verse so barren of new pride
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Sonnet 76: Why is my verse so barren of new pride
Sonnet 76, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 77
Sonnet 77: Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear
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Sonnet 77: Thy glass will show thee how thy beauties wear
Sonnet 77, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 78
Sonnet 78: So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse
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Sonnet 78: So oft have I invoked thee for my Muse
Sonnet 78, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 79
Sonnet 79: Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid
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Sonnet 79: Whilst I alone did call upon thy aid
Sonnet 79, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 80
Sonnet 80: O, how I faint when I of you do write
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Sonnet 80: O, how I faint when I of you do write
Sonnet 80, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 81
Sonnet 81: Or I shall live your epitaph to make
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Sonnet 81: Or I shall live your epitaph to make
Sonnet 81, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 82
Sonnet 82: I grant thou wert not married to my Muse
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Sonnet 82: I grant thou wert not married to my Muse
Sonnet 82, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 83
Sonnet 83: I never saw that you did painting need
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Sonnet 83: I never saw that you did painting need
Sonnet 83, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 84
Sonnet 84: Who is it that says most? which can say more
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Sonnet 84: Who is it that says most? which can say more
Sonnet 84, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 85
Sonnet 85: My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still
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Sonnet 85: My tongue-tied Muse in manners holds her still
Sonnet 85, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 86
Sonnet 86: Was it the proud full sail of his great verse
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Sonnet 86: Was it the proud full sail of his great verse
Sonnet 86, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 87
Sonnet 87: Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing
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Sonnet 87: Farewell! thou art too dear for my possessing
Sonnet 87, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 88
Sonnet 88: When thou shalt be disposed to set me light
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Sonnet 88: When thou shalt be disposed to set me light
Sonnet 88, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 89
Sonnet 89: Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault
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Sonnet 89: Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault
Sonnet 89, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 90
Sonnet 90: Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now;
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Sonnet 90: Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now;
Sonnet 90, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 91
Sonnet 91: Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
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Sonnet 91: Some glory in their birth, some in their skill
Sonnet 91, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 92
Sonnet 92: But do thy worst to steal thyself away
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Sonnet 92: But do thy worst to steal thyself away
Sonnet 92, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 93
Sonnet 93: So shall I live, supposing thou art true
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Sonnet 93: So shall I live, supposing thou art true
Sonnet 93, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 94
Sonnet 94: They that have power to hurt and will do none
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Sonnet 94: They that have power to hurt and will do none
Sonnet 94, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 95
Sonnet 95: How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
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Sonnet 95: How sweet and lovely dost thou make the shame
Sonnet 95, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 96
Sonnet 96: Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness
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Sonnet 96: Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness
Sonnet 96, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 97
Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been
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Sonnet 97: How like a winter hath my absence been
Sonnet 97, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 98
Sonnet 98: From you have I been absent in the spring
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Sonnet 98: From you have I been absent in the spring
Sonnet 98, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 99
Sonnet 99: The forward violet thus did I chide
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Sonnet 99: The forward violet thus did I chide
Sonnet 99, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 100
Sonnet 100: Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
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Sonnet 100: Where art thou, Muse, that thou forget'st so long
Sonnet 100, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 101
Sonnet 101: O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
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Sonnet 101: O truant Muse, what shall be thy amends
Sonnet 101, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 102
Sonnet 102: My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming
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Sonnet 102: My love is strengthen'd, though more weak in seeming
Sonnet 102, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 103
Sonnet 103: Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth
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Sonnet 103: Alack, what poverty my Muse brings forth
Sonnet 103, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 104
Sonnet 104: To me, fair friend, you never can be old
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Sonnet 104: To me, fair friend, you never can be old
Sonnet 104, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 105
Sonnet 105: Let not my love be call'd idolatry
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Sonnet 105: Let not my love be call'd idolatry
Sonnet 105, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 106
Sonnet 106: When in the chronicle of wasted time
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Sonnet 106: When in the chronicle of wasted time
Sonnet 106, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 107
Sonnet 107: Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
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Sonnet 107: Not mine own fears, nor the prophetic soul
Sonnet 107, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 108
Sonnet 108: What's in the brain that ink may character
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Sonnet 108: What's in the brain that ink may character
Sonnet 108, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 109
Sonnet 109: O, never say that I was false of heart
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Sonnet 109: O, never say that I was false of heart
Sonnet 109, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 110
Sonnet 110: Alas, 'tis true I have gone here and there
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Sonnet 110: Alas, 'tis true I have gone here and there
Sonnet 110, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 111
Sonnet 111: O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide
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Sonnet 111: O, for my sake do you with Fortune chide
Sonnet 111, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 112
Sonnet 112: Your love and pity doth the impression fill
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Sonnet 112: Your love and pity doth the impression fill
Sonnet 112, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 113
Sonnet 113: Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind
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Sonnet 113: Since I left you, mine eye is in my mind
Sonnet 113, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 114
Sonnet 114: Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you
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Sonnet 114: Or whether doth my mind, being crown'd with you
Sonnet 114, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 115
Sonnet 115: Those lines that I before have writ do lie
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Sonnet 115: Those lines that I before have writ do lie
Sonnet 115, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 116
Shakespeare Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
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Shakespeare Sonnet 116: Let me not to the marriage of true minds
Sonnet 116, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 117
Sonnet 117: Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
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Sonnet 117: Accuse me thus: that I have scanted all
Sonnet 117, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 118
Sonnet 118: Like as, to make our appetites more keen
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Sonnet 118: Like as, to make our appetites more keen
Sonnet 118, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 119
Sonnet 119: What potions have I drunk of Siren tears
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Sonnet 119: What potions have I drunk of Siren tears
Sonnet 119, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 120
Sonnet 120: That you were once unkind befriends me now
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Sonnet 120: That you were once unkind befriends me now
Sonnet 120, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 121
Sonnet 121: Tis better to be vile than vile esteem'd
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Sonnet 121: Tis better to be vile than vile esteem'd
Sonnet 121, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 122
Sonnet 122: Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
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Sonnet 122: Thy gift, thy tables, are within my brain
Sonnet 122, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 123
Sonnet 123: No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change
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Sonnet 123: No, Time, thou shalt not boast that I do change
Sonnet 123, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 124
Sonnet 124: If my dear love were but the child of state
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Sonnet 124: If my dear love were but the child of state
Sonnet 124, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 125
Sonnet 125: Were 't aught to me I bore the canopy
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Sonnet 125: Were 't aught to me I bore the canopy
Sonnet 125, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 126
Sonnet 126: O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
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Sonnet 126: O thou, my lovely boy, who in thy power
Sonnet 126, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 127
Sonnet 127: In the old age black was not counted fair
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Sonnet 127: In the old age black was not counted fair
Sonnet 127, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 128
Sonnet 128: How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st
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Sonnet 128: How oft, when thou, my music, music play'st
Sonnet 128, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 129
Sonnet 129: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
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Sonnet 129: The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Sonnet 129, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 130
Sonnet 130: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
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Sonnet 130: My mistress' eyes are nothing like the sun
Sonnet 130, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 131
Sonnet 131: Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art
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Sonnet 131: Thou art as tyrannous, so as thou art
Sonnet 131, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 132
Sonnet 132: Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me
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Sonnet 132: Thine eyes I love, and they, as pitying me
Sonnet 132, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 133
Sonnet 133: Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
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Sonnet 133: Beshrew that heart that makes my heart to groan
Sonnet 133, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 134
Sonnet 134: So, now I have confess'd that he is thine
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Sonnet 134: So, now I have confess'd that he is thine
Sonnet 134, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 135
Sonnet 135: Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy 'Will,'
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Sonnet 135: Whoever hath her wish, thou hast thy 'Will,'
Sonnet 135, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 136
Sonnet 136: If thy soul check thee that I come so near
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Sonnet 136: If thy soul check thee that I come so near
Sonnet 136, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 137
Sonnet 137: Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes
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Sonnet 137: Thou blind fool, Love, what dost thou to mine eyes
Sonnet 137, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 138
Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she is made of truth
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Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she is made of truth
Sonnet 138, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 139
Sonnet 139: O, call not me to justify the wrong
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Sonnet 139: O, call not me to justify the wrong
Sonnet 139, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 140
Sonnet 140: Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
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Sonnet 140: Be wise as thou art cruel; do not press
Sonnet 140, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 141
Sonnet 141: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes
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Sonnet 141: In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes
Sonnet 141, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 142
Sonnet 142: Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate
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Sonnet 142: Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate
Sonnet 142, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 143
Sonnet 143: Lo! as a careful housewife runs to catch
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Sonnet 143: Lo! as a careful housewife runs to catch
Sonnet 143, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 144
Sonnet 144: Two loves I have of comfort and despair
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Sonnet 144: Two loves I have of comfort and despair
Sonnet 144, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 145
Sonnet 145: Those lips that Love's own hand did make
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Sonnet 145: Those lips that Love's own hand did make
Sonnet 145, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 146
Sonnet 146: Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth
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Sonnet 146: Poor soul, the centre of my sinful earth
Sonnet 146, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 147
Sonnet 147: My love is as a fever, longing still
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Sonnet 147: My love is as a fever, longing still
Sonnet 147, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 148
Sonnet 148: O me, what eyes hath Love put in my head
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Sonnet 148: O me, what eyes hath Love put in my head
Sonnet 148, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 149
Sonnet 149: Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not
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Sonnet 149: Canst thou, O cruel! say I love thee not
Sonnet 149, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 150
Sonnet 150: O, from what power hast thou this powerful might
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Sonnet 150: O, from what power hast thou this powerful might
Sonnet 150, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 151
Sonnet 151: Love is too young to know what conscience is
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Sonnet 151: Love is too young to know what conscience is
Sonnet 151, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 152
Sonnet 152: In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn
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Sonnet 152: In loving thee thou know'st I am forsworn
Sonnet 152, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 153
Sonnet 153: Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep
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Sonnet 153: Cupid laid by his brand, and fell asleep
Sonnet 153, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.
Lecture 154
Sonnet 154: The little Love-god lying once asleep
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Sonnet 154: The little Love-god lying once asleep
Sonnet 154, by Shakespeare; read by Jamie Muffett.