never saw that you did painting need
And therefore to your
fair no painting set;
I found (or thought I found)
you did exceed
The barren tender of a
And therefore have I slept in
That you, yourself being
extant, well might show,
How far a modern quill
doth come too short
Speaking of worth, what worth
in you doth grow,
This silence for my sin you
Which shall be most, my glory
For I impair not beauty being
When others would give life
and bring a tomb
There lives more life in one
of your fair eyes Than both your
poets can in praise devise.
Note the repetition of
the following words, we find-you,
you, you, you, you, your fair, your report,
your self, your fair
eyes, your poets.
2nd Line. Fair beauty.
4th Line. The worthless offering with which a poet
5th Line. Ceased as from indolence to praise you.
6th Line. Extant = in existence.
7th Line. Modern = ordinary or common.
This sonnet would appear to be addressed also to
Pallas Athene-the spear shaker as depicted in statuary art.
tells us that her virtues are so great that there is no
for him to refer to them by means of his pen although
indebted to her for helping him with his muse and that her
worth is such that he keeps silent except to say that in her
lives more life than both your poets can devise in
reference to both your poets would seem to refer to Francis
Bacon as a poet and to his pseudonym, Shakespeare as a dramatist.