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Shakespeare's Sonnets

Sonnet 129

129

Th’ expense of spirit in a waste of shame

Is lust in action, and till action, lust

Is perjur’d, murd’rous, bloody, full of blame,

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

Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,

Past reason hunted, and no sooner had,

Past reason hated as a swallowed bait

On purpose laid to make the taker mad:

Mad in pursuit and in possession so,

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

A bliss in proof, and prov’d, a very woe,

Before, a joy propos’d, behind, a dream.

All this the world well knows, yet none knows well

To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

 

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