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Shakespeare sonnet 88 - for you is such that any gain to...

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Shakespeare sonnet 88 When thou shalt be dispos'd to set me light, And place my merit in the eye of scorn, Upon thy side, against myself I'll fight, And prove thee virtuous, though thou art forsworn. With mine own weakness being best acquainted, Upon thy part I can set down a story Of faults concealed, wherein I am attainted; That thou in losing me shalt win much glory:  And I by this will be a gainer too; For bending all my loving thoughts on thee, The injuries that to myself I do, Doing thee vantage, double-vantage me. Such is my love, to thee I so belong, That for thy right, myself will bear all wrong. When you criticise me, I will agree with your criticisms, and support your virtue,  even though you have betrayed me. Knowing my own faults, I can be so convincing  when I describe them, that you will be vindicated. Even I will win, because my love 
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Unformatted text preview: for you is such that any gain to you, gains me even more. I care about you so much that to help you I will harm myself. When you feel inclined to think little of me and make other people scorn me, I'll take your side and argue against myself, demonstrating that you're virtuous even while you're lying about me. Since I know my own weaknesses better than anyone, I can tell a story about my hidden faults (in which I reveal myself as morally tainted) that will have people thinking better of you for not being with me anymore. And I, too, will gain by turning all my loving thoughts to you: Whatever injuries I do to myself will help you, which will help me doubly. I love you so much —belong to you so totally—that to get you everything you're entitled to, I will take every wrong upon myself....
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