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Blackmore Evans suggested this sonnet was influenced by Ephesians 5:31, "For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh."  Stephen Booth adds that Ephesians 5 was a regular source of inspiration for Shakespeare.  Booth suggests that the "blots" in line 3 may be an allusion to Eph 5:27, "...not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. ..."

William Tyndale's English translation of the Bible pre-dated Shakespeare, while The King James version was almost contemporaneous.

Medieval bridal feast
Let me confess that we two must be twain,
Although our undivided loves are one:
So shall those blots that do with me remain,
Without thy help, by me be borne alone.
In our two loves there is but one respect,
Though in our lives a separable spite,
Which though it alter not love's sole effect,
Yet doth it steal sweet hours from love's delight.
I may not evermore acknowledge thee,
Lest my bewailed guilt should do thee shame,
Nor thou with public kindness honour me,
Unless thou take that honour from thy name:
  But do not so, I love thee in such sort,
  As thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

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