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    William Shakespeare - Sonnet 129 - Ralph Fiennes

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    Ralph Fiennes reads Shakespeare's sonnet 129 - BBC Newsnight - 28 April 2014

    Sonnet 129
    by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    The expense of spirit in a waste of shame
    Is lust in action; and till action, lust
    Is perjured, murderous, bloody, full of blame,
    Savage, extreme, rude, cruel, not to trust;
    Enjoyed no sooner but despisèd straight:
    Past reason hunted; and no sooner had,
    Past reason hated, as a swallowed bait,
    On purpose laid to make the taker mad:
    Mad in pursuit, and in possession so;
    Had, having, and in quest to have, extreme;
    A bliss in proof, and proved, a very woe;
    Before, a joy proposed; behind, a dream.
    All this the world well knows; yet none knows well
    To shun the heaven that leads men to this hell.