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Poem by William Shakespeare


Sonnet 40. Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all


Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all;
What hast thou then more than thou hadst before?
No love, my love, that thou mayst true love call;
All mine was thine before thou hadst this more.

Then if for my love thou my love receivest,
I cannot blame thee for my love thou usest;
But yet be blamed, if thou thyself deceivest
By wilful taste of what thyself refusest.

I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief,
Although thou steal thee all my poverty;
And yet, love knows, it is a greater grief
To bear love's wrong than hate's known injury.

Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows,
Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes.



William Shakespeare

Poem Theme: Love

William Shakespeare's other poems:
  1. The Church at Stratford
  2. Anne Hathaway
  3. Aubade
  4. From the Rape of Lucrece
  5. Silvia


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