Sonnet 46: a closet never pierced with crystal eyes

Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war How to divide the conquest of thy sight. Mine eye my heart thy picture's sight would bar, Mine heart my eye the freedom of that right. My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie, A closet never pierced with crystal eyes, But the defendant doth that plea deny And says in him thy fair appearance lies. To 'side this title is empanelled A quest of thoughts, all tenants of the heart, And by their verdict is determined The clear eye's moiety and the dear heart's part. As thus: mine eye's due is thy outward part, And my heart's right, thy inward love of heart.

William Shakespeare

Sonnet 46: a closet never pierced with crystal eyes (3) (2014-05-02)

May 2014