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   Sonnet 71

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Shakespeare Revealed, a Biography by René Weis: Sonnets 71 - 74 are a quartet of plays, which seem to have been written in the wake of a serious illness, which may have been connected with the London plague of 1592.

No longer mourn for me when I am dead
Than you shall hear the surly sullen bell
Funeral bell
Funeral Bell
Give warning to the world that I am fled From this vile world with vilest worms to dwell: Nay, if you read this line, remember not The hand that writ it, for I love you so, That I in your sweet thoughts would be forgot, If thinking on me then should make you woe. O! if,--I say you look upon this verse, When I perhaps compounded am with clay, Do not so much as my poor name rehearse; But let your love even with my life decay; Lest the wise world should look into your moan, And mock you with me after I am gone.

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