O, from what power hast thou this powerful might
With insufficiency my heart to sway?
To make me give the lie to my true sight,
And swear that brightness doth not grace the day?
Whence hast thou this becoming of things ill,
That in the very refuse of thy deeds
There is such strength and warrantise of skill
That, in my mind, thy worst all best exceeds?
Who taught thee how to make me love thee more
The more I hear and see just cause of hate?
O, though I love what others do abhor,
With others thou shouldst not abhor my state;
If thy unworthiness rais'd love in me,
More worthy I to be beloved of thee.
CL. The poet expresses his wonder that a woman so deficient in attractions can exert such a powerful sway over him. But the fact
being so, there was the stronger reason why she should return his affection.
2. With insufficiency. With defective attractions, or deficient in attractions.
4. Implying, if the day is bright and beautiful, thou certainly art not so.
5. How is it that thou makest plain and unsightly features and unworthy
actions seem so becoming?
6. The very refuse of thy deeds. The worst (line 8) of thy actions.
7. Such strength and warrantise of skill. Such ability and evident
cleverness. "Warrantise" has apparently passed to the sense of
How to cite this article:
Shakespeare, William. Sonnets. Ed. Thomas Tyler. London: D. Nutt, 1890. Shakespeare Online. 27 Dec. 2013. < http://www.shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/150.html >.
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