William Shakespeare

(26 April 1564 - 23 April 1616 / Warwickshire)

Sonnet 47: Betwixt Mine Eye And Heart A League Is Took - Poem by William Shakespeare

Betwixt mine eye and heart a league is took,
And each doth good turns now unto the other,
When that mine eye is famished for a look,
Or heart in love with sighs himself doth smother,
With my love's picture then my eye doth feast
And to the painted banquet bids my heart;
Another time mine eye is my heart's guest,
And in his thoughts of love doth share a part.
So, either by thy picture or my love,
Thyself, away, art present still with me;
For thou not farther than my thoughts canst move,
And I am still with them, and they with thee;
Or, if they sleep, thy picture in my sight
Awakes my heart to heart's and eye's delight.

Comments about Sonnet 47: Betwixt Mine Eye And Heart A League Is Took by William Shakespeare

  • Fabrizio Frosini (4/2/2016 10:24:00 AM)

    in ITALIAN:

    Il mio cuore ed i miei occhi sono adesso sono alleati e si scambiano reciproche cortesie: quando i miei occhi bramano un tuo sguardo, e quando il cuore reprime i suoi sospiri, i miei occhi si nutrono della sua immagine dipinta, ed a questo banchetto gli occhi invitano anche il cuore; altra volta e' il mio cuore che rende visita agli occhi, condividendone i suoi pensieri d'amore. In questo modo, con il tuo ritratto e con l'amore, pur essendo lontano mi sei vicino; non puoi allontanarti più dai miei pensieri, ed io sono per tutto il tempo con loro, e loro per tutto il tempo con te. E se i pensieri dormono, allora l'immagine del tuo ritratto, scolpita negli occhi, ridesta il cuore, per la gioia di entrambi.

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  • Fabrizio Frosini (11/7/2015 8:59:00 AM)

    Shakespeare's Sonnet 47 is one of the large number of the sequence addressed to a well-born young man.
    More locally, it is a thematic continuation of Sonnet 46.
    [from Wikipedia]

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  • (5/6/2007 1:47:00 PM)

    A part of this sonnet was mentioned in C.S.I. last week, and I thought I'd read the whole thing. : -) This is a wonderful poem. Even though the speaker's sweetheart wasn't with him, he still had his picture, and that satisfied his hungry heart. (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

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