SONNET NO. 109
0 never say that I was false of heart,
Though absence seem'd my flame to qualify
As easy might I from myself depart
As from my soul which in thy breast doth lie;
That is my home of love; if I have ranged,
Like him that travels-I return again,
Just to the time, not with the time exchanged.
So that myself brings water for my stain,
Never believe though in my nature reign'd,
All frailties that besiege all kinds of blood,
That it could so preposterously be stain'd,
To leave for nothing---all thy sum of good
For nothing this wide universe I call,
Save thou, my rose, in it thou art my all.
Note the repetition of the following words, we find-my
flame, my self, my soul, my home, my self, my stain, my nature, my rose, my all (see 111).
2nd Line. Qualify = to make my love less warm.
5th Line. Ranged = gone here and there.
7th Line. Just to = exactly.
This sonnet is to his home of love-the temple of literature and he writes that his soul lies in its breast. He says that he has strayed but returned again, and that he himself brings water for his stain (taint of guilt) and we are not to believe that although he was frail he himself was guilty, in spite of his reputation being tarnished (stained), and says that his love (my rose) is his all.
Will Shakspere's reputation was never stained or tarnished which proves that he did not write this sonnet.