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Marguerite

SONNET NO. 46

 

 

       Mine eyes  and heart are at a mortal war,
       How to divide the conquest of thy sight,
      Mine eye my heart  thy pictures sight  wouldbar
       My heart  mine eye the freedom of that right
       My heart doth plead  that thou in him dost lie
       (A closet never pierced with crystal eyes)
       But the defendant  doth that plea deny
       And says in him thy fair appearance lies
       To side this title is impanneled
       A quest of thought, all tenants  to the heart
       And by their verdict is determined
       The clear eyes moiety, and the dear hearts  part
       As thus; mine eye's  due is thy outward part
       And my hearts  right, thy inward love of heart.

 

     

 


  Note the repetition here of certain words, we find heart-thus,
my heart, my heart, my heart, my heart, heart, heart, heart,
hearts, hearts, mine eye, mine eye, mine eye, sight, sight (see
Nos. 24 and 47).
  This sonnet must have been written by a lawyer, not a layman
--it bristles with legal terms-bar, right, plead, defendant, plea,
deny, appearance, side (decide) title, impanneled-quest (a jury
of inquest) tenants, verdict-moiety-due.   As Lord Justice
Campbell wrote: " This sonnet is so intensely legal in its language and imagery that, without a considerable knowledge of English forensic procedure it cannot be fully understood." So Will Shakspere could not have written this sonnet.

 

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