Thursday 21 October 2010

Lunchtime Lecture week 5, Shakespeare Sonnet 144

Lecture given by Roger Holdsworth, 1.10-1.40, Rutherford Lecture Theatre, Schuster Building, Wednesday 27th

Two loves I have of comfort and despair,
Which like two spirits do suggest me still:
The better angel is a man right fair,
The worser spirit a woman coloured ill.
To win me soon to hell my female evil
Tempteth my better angel from my side,
And would corrupt my saint to be a devil,
Wooing his purity with her foul pride;
And whether that my angel be turned fiend
Suspect I may, but not directly tell;
But being both from me both to each friend,
I guess one angel in another's hell.
Yet this shall I ne'er know, but live in doubt,
Till my bad angel fire my good one out.

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