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Mind

SONNET NO. 113

 


       Since I left you-mine eye is in my mind,
       And that which governs me to go about,
       Doth part his function, and is partly blind,
       Seems seeing but effectually is out!
       For it no form delivers to the heart,
       Of bird, of flower or shape, which it does latch,
       Of his quick objects hath the mind no part,
       Nor his own vision holds what it doth catch,
       For if it see the rudest or gentlest sight,
       The most sweet favour or deformed'st creature,
       The mountain or the sea, the day or night:
       The crow or dove it shapes then to your feature,
       Incapable of more replete, with you
       My own true mind thus maketh mine untrue.

 


2nd Line.  Which = his eye which directs his foot steps.

3rd Line.  Part his function = abandon its office or duty.
4th Line.  Effectually = actually.
6th Line.  Latch = to lay hold of.
7th Line.  Quick = presented in swift succession.

  This sonnet compares the eye with the mind.  It says that
his eye which governs (directs) him to move about does part
(direct) his function (activity) but is partly blind-it seems to
see but effectually (decisively) is out (of focus) for his eye delivers no form (pattern) to the mind of things seen which it does latch (fasten upon) but of such things the mind has no part for if the eye sees objects it shapes them to her features but cannot do more being replete (completely filled).

 

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