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SHAKE-SPEARE

SONNET NO. 39

 

     0, how thy worth  with manners may I sing,
     When thou  art all the better part of me?
     What can my own praise to mine own self  bring?
     And what is't but mine own  when I praise thee?
     Even for this-let us divided live
     And our dear love  lose name of single one
     That by this separation  I may give
     That due to thee which thou deservest alone.
     0, absence , what a torment wouldst thou prove,
     Were it not thy sour leisure gave sweet leave
     To entertain the time  with thoughts of love,
     Which time and thoughts so sweetly dost deceive
     But that thou teachest me to make one twain
     By praising him here  who does hence remain.

     

 

 

  1st Line.   With manners-it is not mannerly modest to
              praise one self.

  Here Bacon the man is addressing his dramatic personality
  "Shake-speare." He writes that Shake-speare is his better
part so he can sing of the worth of his pseudonym and that
his praise is to himself and that when he praises Shake-speare
he praises himself although they are divided and live apart and
that although separated he can give praise to Shake-speare
which he alone deserves which would prove a torment if time
did not allow him to have thoughts of love for his muse which
teaches him to make one personality  two  by praising Shake-speare in his verse. Note the words "To make one twain". Bacon in his poem "The Phoenix and the Turtle" writes, ``How true a twain seeketh this concordant one".
  Compare this sonnet with Sonnet No.50.

 

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