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Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets Translation Sonnet 42

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That thou hast her it is not all my grief, And yet it may be said I loved her dearly; That she hath thee is of my wailing chief, A loss in love that touches me more nearly. Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye: Thou dost love her because thou knowst I love her; And for my sake even so doth she abuse me, Suff'ring my friend for my sake to approve her. If I lose thee, my loss is my love’s gain, And losing her, my friend hath found that loss; Both find each other, and I lose both twain, And both for my sake lay on me this cross. But here’s the joy; my friend and I are one; Sweet flatt'ry! Then she loves but me alone.

That you have her is not all of my sadness,
And it is true to say that she was precious to me.
The main cause of my wailing is that she has you,
A loss in love that affects me more deeply.
Criminals of love, I will forgive you for these reasons:
You love her because you know I love her;
And, similarly, she abuses me because she knows I love you,
Allowing my friend to test her for my sake.
If I lose you, my loss is my lover's gain,
And losing her meant my friend found what I had lost;
Both of them find each other, and I lose them both,
And both of them make me suffer for my own sake.
And this is why: my friend and I are the same person.
What a happy delusion! This means she loves only me.

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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.