William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 40: Take All My Loves, My Love, Yea, Take Them All - Poem by William Shakespeare

Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all;
What hast thou then more than thou hadst before?
No love, my love, that thou mayst true love call;
All mine was thine, before thou hadst this more.
Then if for my love, thou my love receivest,
I cannot blame thee, for my love thou usest;
But yet be blamed, if thou thy self deceivest
By wilful taste of what thy self refusest.
I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief,
Although thou steal thee all my poverty;
And yet love knows it is a greater grief
To bear love's wrong, than hate's known injury.
Lascivious grace, in whom all ill well shows,
Kill me with spites; yet we must not be foes.

Comments about Sonnet 40: Take All My Loves, My Love, Yea, Take Them All by William Shakespeare

  • Ramesh T A (2/17/2017 1:25:00 PM)

    It is a great grief to bear love's wrong but not the injury of hate and let not lovers become foes says Shakespeare as a significant message here! (Report) Reply

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  • (2/17/2017 10:53:00 AM)

    I do forgive thy robbery, gentle thief
    A great love poem penned by equally great poet. Thanks for sharing it here.
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  • Chinedu Dike (2/17/2017 8:36:00 AM)

    Absolute delight! Beautiful romantic piece with rendition of words to utmost justice. A lovely poem from the master. (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (2/17/2017 6:09:00 AM)

    The only one William Shakespeare! ! ! ! Thanks for sharing.... (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (2/17/2017 6:03:00 AM)

    Fantastic One
    A Master stroke........Reading his poem is a joy and treat for heart and ears. (Report) Reply

  • Tom Allport (2/17/2017 3:54:00 AM)

    tom allport
    a sad poem of one love being stronger than the other? (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (2/17/2017 3:40:00 AM)

    The usage of archaic form of words sounds interesting and stands unique from today's style of writing...one of Shakespeare's master-poems indeed (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (2/17/2017 3:08:00 AM)

    My love
    I cannot blame thee! Thanks for sharing this poem with us. (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (2/17/2017 2:29:00 AM)

    I like his every sonnet (Report) Reply

  • Muzahidul Reza (2/17/2017 2:28:00 AM)

    Take all my loves, my love, yea, take them all; is a great sonnet indeed (Report) Reply

  • Brian Jani (4/26/2014 7:29:00 AM)

    Awesome I like this poem, check mine out (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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