Shakespeare's Sonnets Translation Sonnet 47
Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took, And each doth good turns now unto the other. When that mine eye is famished for a look, Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother, With my love’s picture then my eye doth feast And to the painted banquet bids my heart. Another time mine eye is my heart’s guest, And in his thoughts of love doth share a part. So either by thy picture or my love, Thyself away are present still with me; For thou no farther than my thoughts canst move, And I am still with them, and they with thee; Or if they sleep, thy picture in my sight Awakes my heart to heart’s and eye’s delight.
Between my eye and heart a peace treaty is established,
And now each of them does good turns to the other.
When my eye is starving for a look of that,
Or when my heart, in love, is smothered by his own sighs,
My eye feasts on my love's picture
And invites my heart to join the painted banquet.
Another time my eye is my heart's guest,
And shares a part of the heart's thoughts of love.
So either by your picture or my love,
You are still present with me even when you are away.
Since you can't leave my thoughts,
And I am with my thoughts, and they are with you.
And when they sleep, the sight of your image
Awakes my heart, to the joy of both my heart and my eye.
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