SONNET NO. 96
Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness,
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport,
Both grace and faults are loved of more and less
Thou mak'st faults graces that to thee resort;
As on the finger of a throned Queen,
The basest jewel will be well esteem'd
So are those errors that in thee are seen,
To truths translated and for true things deem'd
How many lambs might the stern wolf betray,
If like a lamb he could his looks translate,
How many gazers might'st thou lead away,
If thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state?
But do not so; I love thee in such sort,
As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.
This sonnet is a continuation of the last Sonnet No.95.
Note the repetition of the following words, we find-thy
fault, thy grace, thy state, thy good report, thee, thee, thee, some
say, some say, fault, faults, faults, youth, youth, grace, grace,
graces, translate, translated (see 95).
In this sonnet we are told that Marguerite being young had
both faults and graces-that both in her were lovable-like
a base jewel on the finger of a Queen-that errors seen in her
character can be altered and made to seem true-that if a wolf
could make himself look like a lamb, he could betray many
lambs-that if she used her powers wrongly-she could lead
many men astray, but Bacon begs her not to do so because he
loves her as she is his and he wishes her to remain good in his