William Shakespeare's Sonnets

Author: William Shakespeare

Sonnet 46

Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war
How to divide the conquest of thy sight;
Mine eye my heart thy picture’s sight would bar,
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right.
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie—
A closet never pierced with crystal eyes—
But the defendant doth that plea deny
And says in him thy fair appearance lies.
To ’cide this title is impanneled
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart,
And by their verdict is determined
The clear eye’s moiety and the dear heart’s part:
  As thus; mine eye’s due is thy outward part,
  And my heart’s right thy inward love of heart.

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Chicago: William Shakespeare, "Sonnet 46," Literature Reference Library Preview in Original Sources, accessed January 18, 2020, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KVDQG8A8IB3NM9.

MLA: Shakespeare, William. "Sonnet 46." Literature Reference Library Preview, in , Original Sources. 18 Jan. 2020. www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KVDQG8A8IB3NM9.

Harvard: Shakespeare, W, 'Sonnet 46' in Literature Reference Library Preview. cited in , . Original Sources, retrieved 18 January 2020, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=4KVDQG8A8IB3NM9.