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    Sonnet #90


    Then hate me when thou wilt; if ever, now;
    Now, while the world is bent my deeds to cross,
    Join with the spite of fortune, make me bow,
    And do not drop in for an after-loss:
    Ah, do not, when my heart hath 'scoped this sorrow,
    Come in the rearward of a conquer'd woe;
    Give not a windy night a rainy morrow,
    To linger out a purposed overthrow.
    If thou wilt leave me, do not leave me last,
    When other petty griefs have done their spite
    But in the onset come; so shall I taste
    At first the very worst of fortune's might,
    And other strains of woe, which now seem woe,
    Compared with loss of thee will not seem so.


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    it won't be fine. grigioverde's Avatar
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    Could someone explain me the fourth line?
    It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.

    Ast illi solvuntur frigore membra
    vitaque cum gemitu fugit indignata sub umbras.

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    Registered User Corvus Corax's Avatar
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    a great sonnet havent read this one for ages was nice to come back for a refresh xx

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    Quote Originally Posted by grigioverde View Post
    Could someone explain me the fourth line?
    And do not drop in for an after-loss

    I think S. means "Don't wait till later to put me down...just pile on right now with everyone else when I'm down."

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    Yes, that's it. In an article on sonnet 90, there's this: "Drop in" bitingly recalls the friendly informality of the former relationship. "Don't casually come to me with your hate-an 'after-loss' or 'later-loss'-after the world has turned against me." He implies, in line 4, that his friend finds a sadistic enjoyment in choosing the moment to desert him when friendship might mean the most.

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