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Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets Translation Sonnet 134

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So now I have confessed that he is thine, And I myself am mortgaged to thy will, Myself I’ll forfeit, so that other mine Thou wilt restore to be my comfort still. But thou wilt not, nor he will not be free, For thou art covetous, and he is kind. He learned but surety-like to write for me, Under that bond that him as fast doth bind. The statute of thy beauty thou wilt take, Thou usurer, that put’st forth all to use, And sue a friend came debtor for my sake; So him I lose through my unkind abuse. Him have I lost; thou hast both him and me; He pays the whole, and yet am I not free.

So now I have admitted that he is yours,
And I am contractually bound to your will,
I will give myself up, so that the other me
You will return to be my comfort once again.
But you will not, nor does he wish to be free,
For you are greedy, and he is kind.
He learnt to write only to stand as my forfeit,
And in that bond he is bound as strongly as I am.
You will exercise the full rights of your beauty,
You money-lender, using everything for profit,
And will sue my friend, who became a debtor for my sake;
I have lost him because of my mistreatment of him.
I have lost him; you have both him and me;
He pays the whole debt, and yet I am not free.

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About the Translator: Suzy Kim

Suzy Kim is a graduate student studying Victorian literature at Brown University. She studied English and Psychology at University of Pennsylvania, and some of her creative work can be found in the upcoming volume of The Graphic Canon: Tales of Crime and Mystery Vol. 1. She is from Seoul, and currently lives in Providence, Rhode Island.