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KING JAMES

SONNET NO. 57

 
          Being your slave  what should I do but tend
          Upon the hours and times of your  desire.
          I have no precious time at all to spend
          Nor  services to do till you  require,
          Nor dare I chide the world-without-end hour
          Whilst I (my Sovereign ) watch the clock for you
          Nor think the bitterness of absence sour
          When you have bid your servant  once adieu
          Nor dare I question with my jealous thought
          Where you may be, or your  affairs suppose
          But, like a sad slave  stay and think of nought
          Save where you are-how happy you make those
          So true a fool is love that is your will
          (Though you  do anything) he thinks no ill.

     

 

 

  Note the repetition of the following, we find-, nor, nor, nor,
nor, you, you, you, you, you, you, you, your slave, your desire,
your servant, your  affairs, your  will.


5th Line.   World-without-end hour-the tedious hour that
             seems that it would never end.


  This sonnet is addressed by Bacon to King James.  He says
that he is the King's slave . A slave is a person who is submis-
sively devote and Bacon was devoted to the service of his King
and he will do anything that the King requires him to do.  He
says that he watches the clock for the King (his Sovereign).
(Watching the clock means the act of guarding.)  This sonnet
could not have been written by Will Shakspere of Stratford who
was not in a position to guard the King in any way-he was
never on personal terms  with either Queen Elizabeth or King
James-he was never a personal servant  to either Sovereign.
   Bacon says that he dare not question the affairs of his King
and like a faithful servant (a slave) thinks only of the people who the King makes happy and that he must not think ill of anything that the King does because he is such a fool as to love his King.


 

 

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