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Sonnet 138: When my love swears that she is made of truth

When my love swears that she is made of truth
I do believe her, though I know she lies,
That she might think me some untutored youth,
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  • Is It Poetry (6/8/2013 6:44:00 PM)

    I cannot lie but live to tell the truth.
    Flattered by the lips that never spoke.
    Eleven lines are left two split in half......iip

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  • Ramesh Rai (6/8/2013 9:56:00 AM)

    And wherefore say not I that I am
    old?
    O, love's best habit is in seeming
    trust,
    And age in love, loves not to have
    years told.
    Therefore I lie with her, and she with
    me,
    And in our faults by lies we flattered
    be

  • Luke Agada (6/8/2013 6:12:00 AM)

    One very important thing in a love relationship is trust and understanding.This tightens the bound of love.As it has always been, Love is also about believing the best of others.

  • Stephen Loomes (6/8/2013 5:48:00 AM)

    138.

    When my love swears that she is made of truth,

    I believe her, though I know she lies,

    So that she might think of me as some untutored youth,

    Unknowing of the world's false subtleties;

    And so vainly thinking of me as young,

    Although she knows my days are past the best,

    Simply I accept her false speaking tongue,

    And on both sides this is simple truth suppressed.

    But why won't she admit she is unjust?

    And why don't I admit that I am old?

    Because Love's best habit is in seeming to trust,

    And people in love,

    Don't seek to be reminded of their age;

    Therefore, I lie with her, and she with me,

    And in our faults, by these lies,

    We have our flattery.

  • David Wood (6/8/2013 4:34:00 AM)

    A beautiful sonnet that captures all what a sonnet should be.

  • Carlos Echeverria (6/8/2012 10:56:00 AM)

    does this dress make me look fat? ...and from that mundane question, Shakespeare's worldly wisdom creates a beautiful sonnet.

  • Manonton Dalan (6/8/2012 3:15:00 AM)

    sonnet was first poem we studied in grade school.
    who else wrote that one, shakespeares.

  • James Green (6/8/2011 9:53:00 PM)

    People say that love is all about being honest and telling the truth, but they don't realize that sometimes it is in those innocuous lies that love tends to find true happiness. Shakespeare, the God of literature is one of the first few people to realize that....

  • Manonton Dalan (6/8/2010 4:29:00 PM)

    SOMETHING IN COMMON makes relationship worth holding. it just happen
    theirs is not very remarkable. i want to meet a person who never lies.

  • Ramesh T A (6/8/2010 4:19:00 PM)

    Trusting love more than truth one enjoys life with the lady love! The fact of the truth is well expressed by the great bard based on his experience in life! It is interesting the way he puts the matter in this sonnet!

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