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King James

SONNET NO. 35

 

     No more be grieved at that which thou hast done
     Roses have thorns, and silver fountains mud,
     Clouds and eclipses stain both moon and sun,
     And loathsome canker lives in sweetest bud.
     All men make faults and even I in this,
     Authorising thy trepass  with compere
    Myself corrupting salving thy amiss
     Excusing their sins more than their sins  are;
     For to thy sensual fault  I bring in sense
     Thy adverse party is thy advocate
     And `gainst myself a lawful plea commence
     Such civil war is in my love and hate
     That I an accessory  needs must be
     To that sweet  thief which sourly  robs from me.

 

  Note the repetition of the following, we find-thy trespass
thy amiss, thy sensual fault, thy adverse partly, thy advocate
(see 36).

  Here Bacon tells the King not to be grieved at that which he
had done (forced Bacon to plead guilty), that all men make
faults and that he himself had done so by authorising the King's
trespass (injury to himself), that he corrupted (debased) himself
by salving the King's amiss (fault) and the King's sensualfault
(cowardice) he understands (bring in sense) that the King's
adverse party (opponent) is his advocate (Bacon as the Lord
Chancellor was the King's supreme advocate) that he brings
against himself a lawful plea (excuse) that his love (for his King
as his master) and his hate (for his King as a man) is at war
that he should be an accessory (aiding in a crime) to the man
who had sourly robbed him of his reputation.

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