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   Sonnet 147

One year in Shakespeare's Life in London Shakespeare; the poet and his plays

Charles Nicholl's The Lodger, Shakespeare on Silver Street: The only person Shakespeare actually describes as his mistress is the 'Dark Lady'. The relationship is described as a debilitating sexual addiction.

Shakespeare the Poet and his Plays by Stanley Wells: The final couplet might be spoken by Othello

My love is as a fever longing still,
For that which longer nurseth the disease;
Feeding on that which doth preserve the ill,
The uncertain sickly appetite to please.
My reason, the physician to my love, 
Angry that his prescriptions are not kept,
Hath left me, and I desperate now approve
Desire is death, which physic did except.
Past cure I am, now Reason is past care,
And frantic-mad with evermore unrest;
My thoughts and my discourse as madmen's are,
At random from the truth vainly express'd;
  For I have sworn thee fair, and thought thee bright,
  Who art as black as hell, as dark as night.
Read by Claire Marchionne
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