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.