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    William Shakespeare - Sonnet 61 - Fiona Shaw

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    Fiona Shaw performs Shakespeare's Sonnet 61 - From BBC's 2002 series Great Britons.

    Sonnet 61
    by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

    Is it thy will thy image should keep open
    My heavy eyelids to the weary night?
    Dost thou desire my slumbers should be broken
    While shadows like to thee do mock my sight?
    Is it thy spirit that thou send'st from thee
    So far from home into my deeds to pry,
    To find out shames and idle hours in me,
    The scope and tenure of thy jealousy?
    O, no, thy love, though much, is not so great;
    It is my love that keeps mine eye awake,
    Mine own true love that doth my rest defeat,
    To play the watchman ever for thy sake.
    For thee watch I whilst thou dost wake elsewhere,
    From me far off, with others all too near.