Sonnet 129

The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
Is lust in action; and till action, lust
Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust,
Enjoy’d no sooner but despised straight,
Past reason hunted, and no sooner had
Past reason hated, as a swallow’d bait
On purpose laid to make the taker mad;
Mad in pursuit and in possession so;
Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.

— William Shakespeare

3 Comments on “Sonnet 129”

  1. James

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  2. Cascadepoet

    It was great to find some good poetry without advertisements and other distractions. I like your taste and still have much, much more to read. You’ve inspired me to write my first sonnet at work today! I may hate it tomorrow, but so be it? Sonnet #1 is done and perhaps one day I will have written 129…

    Thanks…

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