Sonnet 42 (That Thou Hast Her, It Is Not All My Grief)

Sonnet 42 (That Thou Hast Her, It Is Not All My Grief)!

That thou hast her, it is not all my grief,
And yet it may be said I loved her dearly;
That she hath thee is of my wailing chief,
A loss in love that touches me more nearly.
Loving offenders, thus I will excuse ye:
Thou dost love her because thou know’st I love her,
And for my sake even so doth she abuse me,
Suff’ring my friend for my sake to approve her.
If I lose thee, my loss is my love’s gain,
And, losing her, my friend hath found that loss;
Both find each other, and I lose both twain,
And both for my sake lay on me this cross.
But here’s the joy: my friend and I are one,
Sweet flattery! Then she loves but me alone.

Sonnet 42 (That Thou Hast Her, It Is Not All My Grief)

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