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William Shakespeare (1564–1616).  The Oxford Shakespeare: Poems.  1914.

Sonnet XLVI.

“Mine eye and heart are at a mortal war”


MINE eye and heart are at a mortal war 
How to divide the conquest of thy sight; 
Mine eye my heart thy picture’s sight would bar, 
My heart mine eye the freedom of that right. 
My heart doth plead that thou in him dost lie,—         5
A closet never pierc’d with crystal eyes,— 
But the defendant doth that plea deny, 
And says in him thy fair appearance lies. 
To ’cide this title is impannelled 
A quest of thoughts, all tenants to the heart;  10
And by their verdict is determined 
The clear eye’s moiety and the dear heart’s part: 
  As thus; mine eye’s due is thy outward part, 
  And my heart’s right thine inward love of heart. 


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