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SONNET NO. 67

 

       Ah, wherefore with infection should he live
       And with his presence  grace impiety,
       That sin by him advantage  should achieve,
       And lace  it self with his society?
       Why should false painting imitate his cheek,
       And steal dead seeing of his living hue?
       Why should poor beauty indirectly seek,
       Roses of shadow, since his rose is true?
       Why should he live, now nature bankrupt is
       Beggar'd of blood to blush through lively veins,
       For she has no exchequer  now but his,
       And proud of many, lives upon his gains,
       0, him she stores, to show what wealth she had,
       In day long since, before these last so bad.

     


  Note the repetition of the following words, we find-and why,
and why, and why, live, live, rose, roses, his presence, his society, his  cheek, his  living hue, his rose, his gains.

  Here is a question-wherefore (for what reason) should he
live with infection (in an age of corruption) and with his presence grace (favour) impiety that his sins should achieve (win) advantage (a benefit) and lace (establish) itself with his society.  Why should false painting (colouring) produce something like his cheek and steal the lifeless (dead seeing) of beauty (his living hue).Why should his beauty indirectly (by imitation) seek roses of shadow (painted roses) since his rose is true.  Why should he live when his nature (his vital power) is bankrupt and beggared (robbed) of blood to blush (glow) through (along the passage of) living veins-for she (nature) has only his exchequer (accounts) that she stores (keeps) in him all her wealth in bygone days before the present days were bad.

 

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