SONNET NO. 80
0, how I faint when I of you do write,
Knowing a better spirit doth use your name.
And in the praise thereof spends all his might,
To make me tongue-tied, speaking of your fame!
But since your worth (wide as the ocean is)
The humble as the proudest sail doth bear,
My saucy bark inferior far to his
On your broad main doth wilfully appear
Your shallowest help will hold me up afloat,
While he upon your soundless deep doth ride:
Or (being wract) I am a worthless boat,
He of tall building and of goodly pride:
Then if he thrive and I be cast away,
The worst was this: my love was my decay.
Note the repetition of the following, we find-your name, your fame, your worth, your broad main, your shallowest help, your soundless deep.
1st Line. Faint-feel discouraged.
2nd Line. A better spirit-a greater genius.
10th Line. Soundless-unfathomed.
What explanation have the Stratfordians to offer as to the meaning of this sonnet? Here it would appear that I (Bacon-the poet and also the dramatist Shakes-spear) is referring to his little book of sonnets as a saucy boat and to the great first folio of his plays as a vessel of tall building and of goodly pride ", both riding on the ocean of literature. He tells us that he is writing of you " Shakes-spear" and that A better spirit is using his name and he, Bacon, though wishing to praise his plays cannot speak of their fame as he is tongue-tied because he cannot openly declare his authorship. He tells us that his saucy bark (his book of sonnets) is far inferior to his book, the first folio of his plays, which appeared in 1623 and which would help to keep his little book of sonnets alive but that it did not matter if his sonnets failed in their purpose as long as the first folio thrived and preserved his dramatic work.