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Shakespeare Sonnet 129

Shakespeare Sonnet 129


Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Is lust in action; and, till action, lust

Is perjured, murd’rous, bloody, full of blame,

Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;                4


Enjoyed no sooner but despisèd straight;

Past reason hunted, and no sooner had,

Past reason hated as a swallowed bait

On purpose laid to make the taker mad.                   8


Mad in pursuit and in possession so;

Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;

A bliss in proof and proved a very woe;

Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.                12


All this the world well knows, yet none knows well

To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.


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