William Shakespeare - Sonnet 91 - John Gielgud

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Sir John Gielgud reads Shakespeare's Sonnet 91

Sonnet 91
by William Shakespeare (1564-1616)

Some glory in their birth, some in their skill,
Some in their wealth, some in their body's force,
Some in their garments though new-fangled ill,
Some in their hawks and hounds, some in their horse;
And every humour hath his adjunct pleasure,
Wherein it finds a joy above the rest,
But these particulars are not my measure;
All these I better in one general best.
Thy love is better than high birth to me,
Richer than wealth, prouder than garments' costs,
Of more delight than hawks and horses be;
And having thee, of all men's pride I boast:
Wretchèd in this alone, that thou mayst take,
All this away and me most wretchèd make.

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