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King James

SONNET NO. 89

 


       Say that thou didst forsake me for some fault,
       And I will comment upon that offence,
       Speak of my lameness and I straight will  halt:
       Against thy reasons making no defence,
       Thou canst not (love) disgrace me half so ill,
       To set a form upon desired change,
       As I'll myself disgrace; knowing thy will,
       I will acquaintance strangle and look strange;
       Be absent from thy walks and in my tongue,
       Thy sweet beloved name no more shall dwell,
       Lest I (too much profane) shall do it wrong:
       And haply of our old acquaintance tell.
       For thee, against myself  I'll vow debate,
       For I must  ne'er love him whom thou dost hate.

 

 


Note the repetition of the following, we find-I will, I straight
will, I will, I will, I shall, I will, I must.

  Here Bacon addressing the King tells him that if he, the King,
had forsaken Bacon because of some fault (failing) of his, he
will speak of that offence-if the King speaks of Bacon's lameness
(imperfection) he will halt (come to a standstill) against the
King's reasons and will make no defence (as he did by pleading
guilty to false charges of bribery) that the King cannot disgrace
Bacon half so much by desiring Bacon to resign from his office
as Lord Chancellor (desiring a change), as Bacon would do if
he disgraced himself by refusing to do so-knowing the King's
wishes.  Bacon tells the King that he will suppress his acquain-tance with the King and be estranged. That he will absent
from the King's paths (walks) and that he will not speak the
acquaintance with the King-that he will debate (fight) against
King's name in case he should do wrong in speaking of his
himself as he must not love himself if the King hates him.

 

 

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