Sonnet 96

here’s anthony:

nicely done! anthony is an artist living in the boston area. i caught him while he assisted in the set up for insideout: the museum school art sale, which features some of his amazing work (beautiful altered books, you have to see them) and for which he’s an art handler. i asked him to give us a sonnet, and luckily for us, he said yes and read it cold!

thanks anthony! and everyone else — swing by the sale and snap up his work before it’s gone!

Sonnet 96
Some say thy fault is youth, some wantonness;
Some say thy grace is youth and gentle sport;
Both grace and faults are loved of more and less;
Thou makest faults graces that to thee resort.
As on the finger of a throned queen
The basest jewel will be well esteem’d,
So are those errors that in thee are seen
To truths translated and for true things deem’d.
How many lambs might the stem wolf betray,
If like a lamb he could his looks translate!
How many gazers mightst thou lead away,
If thou wouldst use the strength of all thy state!
But do not so; I love thee in such sort
As, thou being mine, mine is thy good report.

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