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Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare – Two loves I have, of comfort and despair,

Sonnet 144 by William Shakespeare 


Two loves I have, of comfort and despair,

Which like two spirits do suggest me still.

The better angel is a man right fair,

The worser spirit a woman colored ill.                 4


To win me soon to hell my female evil

Tempteth my better angel from my side,

And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,

Wooing his purity with her foul pride.                 8


And whether that my angel be turned fiend

Suspect I may, yet not directly tell;

But being both from me, both to each friend,

I guess one angel in another’s hell.                      12


Yet this shall I ne’er know, but live in doubt,

Till my bad angel fire my good one out.



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