oh, my word! how incredible is this?! melaina — a wonderful poet, wine connoisseur, and fabulous lady — yes, the same melaina of the sexy thomas jefferson destination sonnet — gifts us another one in her incomparable, amazing style, taking us back to colonial america and reminding us how amazing shakespeare can be.
thank you, thank you melaina!!
Love is my sin and thy dear virtue hate,
Hate of my sin, grounded on sinful loving:
O, but with mine compare thou thine own state,
And thou shalt find it merits not reproving;
Or, if it do, not from those lips of thine,
That have profaned their scarlet ornaments
And seal’d false bonds of love as oft as mine,
Robb’d others’ beds’ revenues of their rents.
Be it lawful I love thee, as thou lovest those
Whom thine eyes woo as mine importune thee:
Root pity in thy heart, that when it grows
Thy pity may deserve to pitied be.
If thou dost seek to have what thou dost hide,
By self-example mayst thou be denied!