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   Sonnet 37

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Shakespeare Revealed, a Biography by René Weis: Weis's wildest surmise is that "in his plays and poems Shakespeare was deeply preoccupied by having a limp". We are invited to take literally the line: "So I, made lame by Fortune's dearest spite".

As a decrepit father takes delight
To see his active child do deeds of youth,
So I, made lame by Fortune's dearest spite,
Take all my comfort of thy worth and truth; 
For whether beauty, birth, or wealth, or wit,
Or any of these all, or all, or more,
Entitled in thy parts, do crowned sit,
I make my love engrafted, to this store:
So then I am not lame, poor, nor despis'd,
Whilst that this shadow doth such substance give
That I in thy abundance am suffic'd,
And by a part of all thy glory live.
  Look what is best, that best I wish in thee:
  This wish I have; then ten times happy me!

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