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King James

SONNET NO. 90

 


       Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now,

       Now, while the world is bent my deeds  to cross,
       Join with the spite of fortune, make me bow,
       And do not  drop in for an after-loss:
       And, do not  when my heart hath `scaped this sorrow,
       Come in the rearward of a conquer'd woe,
       Give not a windy night, a rainy morrow,
       To linger out a purposed overthrow
       If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last,
       When other petty griefs have done their spite,
       But in the onset come; so shall I taste
       At first, the very worse of fortunes  might,
       And other strains of woe, which now seem woe,
       Compared with loss of thee will not seem so.

 

 


  Note the repetuton of the following words, we find-fortune,

fortunes, woe, woe, woe, leave me, leave me.

In  the  last mentioned  Sonnet Bacon  tells the King to
hate him if he wishes now that he had been accused of taking
bribes (the world bent my deed to cross)-to join with the spite
of fortune-making him bow to fate but not to say afterwards
that he regrets what he has done and that when Bacon has been
proved innocent (escaped this sorrow) not to let Bacon have to
linger out (protract) an overthrow purposely caused by the false
charges made by Coke.  Bacon then asks the King not to leave
him last after he had been made to suffer through spite and
that the loss of the King's love was the worst of fortune.

 

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