MARGUERITE SONNET NO.26
Lord of my love, to whom in vassalage
Thy merit hath my duty strongly knit,
To thee I send this written embassage,
To witness duty, not to show my wit ,
Duty so great, which wit so poor as mine,
May make seem bare, in wanting words to show it
But that I hope some good conceit of thine
In thy souls thought (all naked) will bestow it;
Till whatsoever star that guides my moving,
Points on me graciously with fair aspect
And puts apparel on my tatter'd loving
To shew me worthy of thy sweet respect;
Then may I dare to boast how I do love thee
Till then-not show my head where thou mayst prove me.
Note the repetition of the following words, we find-duty,
duty, my duty, my love, my wit, my moving, my totter'd, my head.
1st and 2nd Lines. Thy merit (goodness) has bound me to
serve you dutifully as a vassal (servant).
3rd and 4th Lines. Duty and embassage-see Henry VIII, Act
2, Scene 3, where we read-" This token
of my duty this embassage.
12th Line. Worthy of your regard.
This sonnet is addressed by the man who wrote this sonnet
to the Lord of his love, to Apollo the Greek patron of poetry.
The word totter'd in the 11th Line means torn. He writes that
he may not show his head. If Will Shakspere wrote this-why
could he not show his head? He had no reason to conceal what
he had written or done.