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Apollo

SONNET NO.20

  1.    A woman's face with nature's  own hand painted,
       Hast thou, the master mistress of my passion,
       A woman's gentle heart but not acquainted
       With shifting change as in false woman's fashion,
       An eye more bright than theirs, less false in rolling;
       Gilding the object whereupon it gazeth,
       A man in hue , all hues  in his controlling,
       Which steals mens eyes and womens  souls amazeth,
       And for a woman  wert thou first created,
       Till nature  as she wrought thee fell a doting,
       And by addition  me of thee defeated,
       By adding  one thing to my purpose nothing,
       But since she pricked thee out for women's pleasure,
       Mine be thy love and thy loves use their treasure.


                                                                       
  Note the repetition of the following words, we find-woman,
woman, woman, woman, women, women, nature, nature, false,
false.

  This sonnet is addressed to Apollo the Greek Sun God  patron
of poetry  who has the face and heart of a woman but that his
heart does not change like a woman 5 but that his eye is as bright
as a woman's but less false in rolling.  (To move with a circular
sweep-as the eye). Apollo was the God of the Sun-the eye
which rolls steadily in its orbit as it gazeth on the earth.  And we are told that this eye like the sun gilds (covers with gold like
the sun) the objects upon which it gazeth. Apollo is described
as a man in hue (appearance) controlling all hues (passion or
ardent love) which steals men's eyes and amazes women's souls.
That Apollo  was first created  as a woman but nature when
creating her fell a doting (showed excessive love for her) and
turned her into a man and pricked (marked) him out for the
pleasure of women.  The object of his affection (love) and the
use of his love the treasure of women.

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