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Mistress Fitton

SONNET NO. 149

 


      Canst thou 0 cruel, say I love thee not
      When I against myself with thee partake:
      Do I not think on thee when I forgot
      Am of myself all tyrant for thy sake?
      Who hateth thee that I do call my friend,
      On whom frown'st thou that I do fawn upon,
      Nay, if thou lour'st on me do I not spend
      Revenge upon myself with present moan?
      What merit do I myself respect,
      That is so proud thy service to despise,
      When all my best worship thy defect,
      Commanded by the motion of thine eyes.
      But love hate on for now I know thy mind,
      Those that can see thou lovest, and I am blind.


      Note the repetition of certain words, we find-love love, myself, myself, myself, myself, thy sake, thy service, thy defect, thy mind.

                      Here Bacon asks Mrs. Fitton how she can be so cruel to say he that he does not love her when he partakes (makes common cause with her against his own will-asks if he does not think of her and is a tyrant (one who uses his power oppressively) for her sake. Asks who she hates who he calls his friend or if she frowns on anyone who he fawns (flatters), tells her that if she lours (scowls) upon him-does he not spend revenge (inflict injury upon himself) with present moan (lamentation) what merit (worth) does he find in himself that despising his service to her when everything in him which is best worships her defect (fault), commanded (influenced) by her looks-that now he knows her mind and that she loves those that she can see but that he is blind.

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