shame deny that thou bearest
love to any
Who for thyself art so
Grant if thou wilt,
thou art beloved of many,
But that thou none lovest is most
For thou art so possessed
with murderous hate
That `gainst thyself thou
stick'st not to conspire,
Seeking that beautious roof to
Which to repair should be thy chief
O change thy thought , that
I may change my mind,
Shall hate be fairer lodged than gentle
Be as thy presence is
gracious and kind
Or to thyself at least kind hearted
Make thee another self for
love of me,
That beauty still may live in
thine or thee.
Note the repetition of certain words, we find-thyself,
thyself, thy chief desire, thy thought, thy presence, thou,
thou, thou, thou, thou, love, love, love.
1st Line. " For shame ", means for shame's sake i.e. to
your credit for truthfulness.
6th Line. " Stick'st not means ` Thou dost not
7th Line. Compare " Two Gentlemen of Verona", Act 5,
Scene 4. "Leave not the mansion so long tenantless,
lest growing ruinous-the building fall".
9th Line. Means that Herbert must change his thoughts,
give up his aversion to marriage so that Bacon may
change his mind and no longer believe that Herbert
13th Line. For love of me, i.e. for my sake.
Here Bacon tells Herbert that Herbert who is himself so
improvident should deny that he has love for no one except
himself. That Herbert is beloved by many people but that it
evident that he has no love for any one but himself. That
conspires (plots) against himself to ruinate (destroy the
roof (covering) to keep which in repair (good condition)
be his chief desire. He tells Herbert to change (alter)
thoughts so that Bacon may change his mind about Herbert's
behaviour. Asks why hate should be better lodged
and tells Herbert to be as gracious and kind as his presence
(bearing) is-to prove himself to be kind-hearted and to have a
child (make thee another self) so that beauty might still live
himself or such child.