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Shakespeare's Sonnets

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Shakespeare's Sonnets

Shakespeare's Sonnets Translation Sonnet 49

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Against that time (if ever that time come) When I shall see thee frown on my defects; Whenas thy love hath cast his utmost sum, Called to that audit by advised respects; Against that time when thou shalt strangely pass, And scarcely greet me with that sun, thine eye; When love, converted from the thing it was, Shall reasons find of settled gravity; Against that time do I ensconce me here Within the knowledge of mine own desert, And this my hand against myself uprear To guard the lawful reasons on thy part: To leave poor me, thou hast the strength of laws, Since why to love I can allege no cause.

Preparing for that time (if that time should come)
When I will see you frown on my flaws;
And the time when your love has counted his final total,
Called to that counting by judicious reasons;
Preparing for that time when you pass by like a stranger,
And barely greet me with that sun, your gaze;
When love, converted from the thing that it was,
Will justify itself with arguments from established authorities;
Preparing for that time, I shelter myself here
Within the knowledge of my own merit,
And raise this hand, against myself,
To protect your lawful arguments:
To leave poor me, you have the strength of laws
Since why you should love me, I can provide no cause.

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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.