Shakespeare September- Day 6: Sonnet CXLV

Sonnet CXLV:

Those lips that Love’s own hand did make
Breathed forth the sound that said ‘I hate,’
To me that languish’d for her sake:
But when she saw my woeful state,
Straight in her heart did mercy come,
Chiding that tongue that ever sweet
Was used in giving gentle doom,
And taught it thus anew to greet:
‘I hate’ she alter’d with an end,
That follow’d it as gentle day
Doth follow night, who like a fiend
From heaven to hell is flown away;
‘I hate’ from hate away she threw,
And saved my life, saying — ‘not you.’

And if you’re enjoying this series of sonnets, you can listen to actors reading them on YouTube. This one features David Tennant reading a selection of well known ones.

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